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News - November 11, 2011

PG&E pipeline may have been damaged by backhoe

Natural gas line burst near I-280 in Woodside Sunday afternoon

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Posted by Janet, a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Something happened in 1947 and they just now discovered it! Give me a break.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

If the protective coating of the pipeline was breached in 1947 [PG&E said sometime after] it could conceivably take 64 years to corrode through.


Posted by responsibility, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

"PG&E is looking into when that damage might have occurred and what agency might have been responsible, Eisenhauer said."

Is PG&E refusing to take responsibility for the integrity of their pipeline? I am getting sick and tired of all this finger pointing.


Posted by reader, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

"A preliminary investigation indicated that the section of pipe that ruptured had been damaged by a backhoe sometime after the line was installed in 1947."

That means it could have been damaged by road or telecom or PG&E crews 5 years ago, NOT that it was damaged before/during installation.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

"Is PG&E refusing to take responsibility for the integrity of their pipeline? I am getting sick and tired of all this finger pointing."
Short of posting guards every 500 feet, PG&E has to rely on the many signs and the integrity of equipment operators. Usually that works.


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