Officials to vote on gas pipeline's safety regulations

February 24, 2011 3:07:09 PM PST
State regulators are scheduled to vote this afternoon on implementing new safety regulations for utilities operating natural gas pipelines in California.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Public Utilities Commission will consider new reporting requirements for operators whose pipeline pressures accidentally spike above legal limits. But, critics say the changes would not do enough because they would apparently not require PG&E or other utilities to notify regulators if natural gas levels exceed legal limits during planned pressure surges.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, says the new requirements would still allow PG&E to continue the same activities that could have caused the San Bruno pipeline to weaken before last September's explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.


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