PG&E To Test For Faulty Transmission Lines California's Pacific Gas & Electric Company plans to test and possibly replace hundreds of miles of aging gas pipelines. The move comes after a review of previous safety tests brought on by last year's explosion in San Bruno, Calif. That incident killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes.
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PG&E To Test For Faulty Transmission Lines

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PG&E To Test For Faulty Transmission Lines

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California's Pacific Gas & Electric Company plans to test and possibly replace hundreds of miles of aging gas pipelines. The move comes after a review of previous safety tests brought on by last year's explosion in San Bruno, Calif. That incident killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes.

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NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.

RICHARD GONZALES: After the San Bruno explosion and fire, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered the company to turn over pipeline pressure test records for all the transmission lines running through populated areas. PG&E turned over some records, but said it couldn't find others. That's not acceptable, says commission executive director Paul Clannon.

PAUL CLANNON: They need to get the message strongly that business as usual doesn't cut it for natural gas pipeline safety, and they need to get us the records that we need to set those pressures safely.

GONZALES: Richard Gonzales, NPR News, San Francisco.

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