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Dashboard presented to Lafayette City Council on Nov 25, 2019 (Link: Presentation) 

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's Safety concerns:

  • Unexamined risk on exposed pipelines
     

  • In-line inspections not performed
     

  • 60% of pipelines not strength tested
     

  • Outdated and inadequate High Consequence Area identification
     

  • No automated shut-off valves for Lafayette
     

  • Prioritization of tree removal over safety
     

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

  • Four CPUC violations issued in Lafayette
     

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

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

  • 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.