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SoCal Gas Co. pledges to make it easier for customers to find pipelines in wake of San Bruno explosion

A representative of Southern California Gas Co. told the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday that his utility would make it easier for the city’s residents to obtain information on high-pressure pipelines that run underneath city streets.

In the wake of the explosion last week that killed four in the Bay Area community of San Bruno, council members said their constituents should be able to determine the age and location of pipelines in their neighborhoods.

"We’ve got to educate the public on all this,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said.

Doug Schneider, pipeline integrity manager for SoCal Gas Co., said information is already available on the National Pipeline Mapping System, an online database set up by the federal government. But he acknowledged that the site is “cumbersome” and said his company would work to put similar information on its own site.

Schneider’s comments come one day after executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., owner of the transmission line that exploded in San Bruno, released maps of its major pipelines, including a list of 100 problematic segments.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
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