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Why was a helicopter circling low in Midtown this morning?

Original post made by Witheld, Midtown, on Jun 16, 2020

We saw a blue and white helicpoter, with no obvious police or news markings, circling very low over midtown around 9:30 this morning. It was circling between Cowper and Alma and Oregon Expwy and Loma Verde. But it may have continued flying low after it wandered off.

Anybody know what was going on?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

You mean the helicopter that says "PIPE SURVEY"? Web Link
Methane (CH4) looks like thick smoke at certain infrared wavelengths.
Leaks are easily measurable using lidar.
High-pressure gas pipelines are inspected regularly.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 16, 2020 at 6:15 pm

I thought that the helicopter was for inspecting transmission lines. Thanks for the clarification. I would rather have the inconvenience of a helicopter buzzing over head for a little while, then have a city block blown to smithereens. Anybody that opposes this should truly have their head examined.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 16, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Pipeline map, PG&E webpage if you want to wade through cookie options Web Link

My simple jpeg screen capture of Palo Alto area PG&E pipeline map Web Link

Someone else's photo of this helicopter Web Link

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Posted by obvious joke (but not really funny)
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 17, 2020 at 10:13 am

They circle every morning. The difference is you can hear it now without the drone of constant airplanes and traffic...

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