Is PG&E operating their gas transmission pipelines in the safest manner? 

 

  • Given the CPSI/tree program and exposed pipe issues, it appears PG&E's existing programs fail to identify and mitigate threats in a way that maximizes public safety,
     

  • PG&E says they evaluate risk based on risk to the company personnel and property. Communities see it differently and instead consider risk to homes, people, and the environment. Also, PG&E's primary focus on programs is insufficient for identifying and mitigating actual, local risks such as leaning trees over pipelines. 
     

  • PG&E has the worst safety record of its peers in the United States according to federal data.
     

  • PG&E spent $500 Million on tree removal above buried pipelines without any measurable benefit.
     

  • PG&E's emphasis on maintenance of their infrastructure (gas and electrical) over upgrading and replacing may be placing communities at greater risk.

“They have simply been caught red-handed over and over again, lying, manipulating or misleading the public,” Mr. Newsom said in an interview. “They cannot be trusted.”

- Governor Gavin Newsom, March 18, 2019

Lafayette residents expressing their concerns to PG&E and the CPUC on September 10, 2018.

Lafayette's Safety concerns:

  1. Multiple unaddressed pipeline segments in Lafayette/Briones
     

  2. Not performed in-line inspections
     

  3. 60% of pipelines not strength tested
     

  4. 14 instances of exposed pipelines in Lafayette per CPUC
     

  5. No automated shut-off valves
     

  6. Prioritization of tree removal over safety
     

  7. Aging pipelines (70+ yrs old), and unknown conditions
     

  8. Four CPUC violations issued in Lafayette
     

  9. PG&E refuses to perform tree root & pipeline interaction study in Lafayette as CPUC requested
     

  10. Outdated and possibly inadequate High Consequence Area identification by PG&E
     

  11. Data issues with PG&E records regarding depth & location of pipeline in Lafayette
     

  12. Increasing number of dig-in accidents on gas lines within Lafayette, more than one per month

PG&E incidents are rising, led by increased excavation accidents caused by third parties and PG&E employees/contractors

Lafayette is unique in that 11 miles of the transmission gas pipeline runs though the highest risk wildfire zones in the Bay Area.