San Francisco Still Sitting on Dangerous Pipes
HOST: State utilities regulators warn that the city of San Francisco is sitting on miles of obsolete natural gas pipelines that urgently need to be replaced, or they could rupture. But as KQED's Charla Bear reports, it's unclear what's delaying the work.
CHARLA BEAR: The California Public Utilities Commission said in a letter to the San Francisco city attorney yesterday that the cast iron pipes are a "clear and present danger."
The letter said PG&E has replaced 830 miles of antiquated pipes in its region, but that 43 miles of the dangerous pipes remain under San Francisco streets. The PUC letter says the city's Department of Public Works has prevented upgrades because of a moratorium on exacavating recently resurfaced streets.
In a response, the City Attorney said he would be glad to meet with the utility and the PUC immediately to address whatever is blocking PG&E from doing its work. The city attorney sued federal regulators in February to force better oversight of pipeline safety regulations, charging the PUC was failing in its duties. I'm Charla Bear, KQED News.