April 2013, Vol. 240 No. 4

Features

PG&Es Pipeline System: From Hell And Back

In less than three years, the San Francisco-based combination utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has had to reconstitute its vast natural gas transmission and distribution system on a scale that is unprecedented for the U.S. pipeline sector. With PG&E as the focal point, the U.S. industry has been touched by the fallout from the September 2010 failure of the company’s high-pressure, 30-inch transmission line in San Bruno, CA. From the charred ruins and loss of life resulting from that pipeline rupture and explosion, PG&E not only had to rebuild its physical gas components, it had to rebuild its work force, its spirit as a multibillion-dollar energy-

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