As investigators continue to decipher the cause of the Sept. 9 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif., the Southern California Gas Company is enhancing an already extensive list of safety procedures to ensure such an accident does not occur locally, company officials said.
"For the Gas Company, safety is the number one priority," said Tony Tartaglia, public affairs manager with the Gas Company. "It has been for 140 years. We are the largest natural gas distribution company in the United States, and we pride ourselves on safety."
The company launched last week an interactive pipeline map locator that allows customers to trace transmission and high pressure distribution lines that run through their neighborhoods. In La Cañada, there is a high-pressure distribution pipeline along the entire length of Foothill Boulevard, and along Verdugo Boulevard between Foothill Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue. The piping operates at a pressure of less than 200 pounds per square inch and delivers gas in small volumes to the lower pressure distribution system.