Eas­ing pipe in­for­ma­tion

Los Angeles Times - - California - — David Zah­niser

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

In the wake of the ex­plo­sion Sept. 9 that killed at least four in the Bay Area com­mu­nity of San Bruno, Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil mem­bers said their con­stituents should be able to de­ter­mine the age and lo­ca­tion of pipe­lines in their neigh­bor­hoods.

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.

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