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PG&E to Upgrade Natural Gas Pipelines in Paradise

PG&E Installing 2,075 Feet of New, Plastic Gas Distribution Pipe on Lancaster Avenue

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By: Paul Moreno, PG&E

PARADISE, Calif. March 8, 2013 - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will begin work the week of March 18 to upgrade approximately 2,075 feet of natural gas distribution pipeline serving 36 customers on Lancaster Avenue in Paradise. PG&E crews will perform the upgrades through May.

This pipeline replacement project will improve the safety and integrity of the natural gas system serving residential customers.

Work will generally occur Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. At times crews may work weekends if needed. Some work will also occur along Billie Road near Lancaster Avenue.

Crews will bore beneath the surface and will trench when necessary to install 2-inch plastic gas lines.

Traffic controls may be necessary at times. PG&E is sending letters to customers to inform them of the project and will directly contact any customers who may be impacted by a brief interruption in gas service as new lines are placed into service.

Once upgrades are complete, the new pipes will be strength tested to ensure they are operating safely before being placed into service.

Following standard safety practices, crews will vent natural gas from the pipeline as needed throughout the project. As PG&E vents the pipe, the smell of natural gas and the sound of venting may be noticeable to nearby homes and businesses, depending on wind direction.

The natural gas will quickly dissipate into the atmosphere and will not be harmful; however, PG&E encourages anyone who has concerns about natural gas odors in or around their home or business to call us at 1-800-743-5000.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

 

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