Nearly three years after a deadly gas pipeline explosion killed eight people in San Bruno PG&E is trying to convince the public it's taking steps to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. Monday night in the north state, the giant utility company hosted a public open house and demonstration to show customers the upgrades that are in the works. It's called a Hydrostatic Pressure Test, something PG&E will be conducting in Butte and Glenn counties in the coming months.
A lack of such inspections failed to reveal poor pipeline welds which ultimately led to the deadly September, 2010 explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. Following the explosion PG&E agreed to inspect pipelines throughout its system and now tests are getting underway in the north state.
In Chico PG&E will be conducting these tests on a seven mile stretch pipeline from the west side of Chico to their midway sub station. PG&E crews will start the testing process towards the end of July. Any residents affected by the upcoming tests will be notified before they start.