PG&E Gas Pipeline Testing: Expect Traffic Disruption

Hydrostatic Testing; photo courtesy of PG&E

Tonight, the City Council gets an update on PG&E’s hydrostatic testing scheduled for San Carlos later this month.  The report is available on the City’s website, along with maps.

The testing is scheduled for September 21st-29th. The natural gas pipeline runs up a long stretch of Brittan Avenue, starting at Old County Road and ending in the Pulgas Ridge open space preserve.

According to the report, excavations are necessary at three locations to remove or replace valves:  Old County and Brittan, Brittan and Alameda de las Pulgas and Brittan and Milano Way.  Expect traffic disruption.

PG&E is testing the pipeline for any damage or leaks, part of its plan to carry out inspections in densely populated areas in the wake of last year’s gas line rupture and explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people.

The test is an involved process that includes uncovering and accessing the pipe, clearing out natural gas and then filling sections of it with water.

Acting Public Works Director Al Savay prepared the report…which included notation that PG&E is bearing all testing costs.




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  1. [...] PG&E delayed the hydrostatic pressure testing on the San Carlos pipeline by about nine days due to a problem that diverted crews elsewhere. To read a previous story about the hydrostatic testing that’s expected to disrupt traffic in SC, click here: [...]

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