October 21, 2014
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has opened a new, $38 million natural gas monitoring center in the wake of the deadly 2010 gas line explosion in San Bruno.
PG&E spokeswoman Brittany Chord says the new center allows the utility to better monitor its gas transmission system and coordinate and respond in case of an emergency. In addition to 6,700 miles of gas transmission pipeline, the new center also monitors the utility's 42,000 miles of gas distribution pipeline. Distribution lines are the narrow-diameter pipes that serve individual homes and businesses.
The new center will also put the employees who dispatch PG&E workers in the field in the same room as the system monitors.
The center went online late last week.
Critics tell the Contra Costa Times PG&E must still do more to guarantee the system's safety.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.