Questions about the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan?
The safe and reliable delivery of natural gas is a top priority for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). While we believe our system is safe as it exists today, we have responded to a directive of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) with a proposed plan that will enhance the safety of our system. We call the proposal, which we submitted to the CPUC for its consideration on August 26, 2011, the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan.
The CPUC’s order requires the state’s four natural gas transmission pipeline operators -- Pacific Gas & Electric and Southwest Gas, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company -- to submit, for its consideration, a plan for replacing or pressure testing all natural gas transmission pipelines that have not been pressure tested. Regulations specifying pressure testing were implemented after many of the transmission pipelines were installed.
The order is part of a pipeline safety rulemaking proceeding that the CPUC launched following last year’s natural gas pipeline rupture in northern California. The intent of the proceeding is to build on lessons learned from this event and to modify existing regulations to enhance natural gas transmission pipeline safety. Please continue to check SoCalGas.com, where we will provide ongoing updates on the progress of this important effort.