October 26th, 2010
02:39 PM ET

Utility finds 38 leaks in gas transmission lines

In the wake of the September gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled part of a neighborhood in San Bruno, California, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it has found 38 leaks in California that require immediate attention.

And its pipeline survey is just getting started.

The company is using aerial laser detection technology as well as traditional ground patrols to search for leaks, starting in heavily populated areas. It expects to complete the survey in December.

Four of the 38 leaks have been repaired, the company said.

PG&E says it also is evaluating 300 locations where it might be able to swap out manual valves for automated or remotely controlled ones, making it possible to shut off gas more quickly and avoid disaster in case of a pipeline rupture.

The information came in a set of updates PG&E submitted Monday to the California Public Utilities Commission, which had no immediate reaction.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Gilbert

    OK, CNN Bloggers, pipeline, gas leak, laser detection, etc. Let's see how many of you can stick to the subject, OK? Thank you.

    October 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rocketship

    Safety first.

    October 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bryan

    It is too sad and all too common that efforts for clean up and prevention happen after major loss of life and/or property. It would be nice to hear stories (and have them promoted) for companies and goverments doing this kind of work before accidents happend.

    October 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chan

    The gas company could care less about the people that lost their homes or lives and if you think they do care your fooling yourself.

    October 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George

    Search google earth's satellite images along known gas pipleline routes for dead vegetation.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    That sounds like a good idea George. Thanx.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raleigh mc

    That's great that they found the problem areas. It's horrible that there are so many. How long to repair them?

    October 27, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |