Munis Maintain Pipeline Pressure Changes Be Public

By Published On: September 2, 2011

The California Public Utilities Commission could hold expedited hearings on Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline pressure testing if a proposed decision is adopted. The decision would deny the utility’s plan to lift pressure restrictions on pipes at the judgment of the commission’s executive director. Instead, it offers a public hearing process. Two municipalities that could be affected by pipeline pressure changes--San Bruno and San Francisco--support the hearing concept. In an Aug. 29 filing, San Francisco added that the proposed decision “doesn’t go far enough.” The municipality insisted that communications between PG&E and the commission be made public because data involved could help cities understand the ramifications of pipeline pressure changes. PG&E responded that it supports an open process, but opposes lengthy hearings.

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