Southern California Gas Company not releasing location info for area pipelines

Posted on September 21, 2010

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Torrance Fire Capt. Steve Deuel has been called to two underground gas leaks in his 34-year career. Fortunately, neither caused major damage. But he keeps tabs on the location of two high-pressure gas lines in the city under Lomita Boulevard and 190th Street. Those carry natural gas and hydrogen, respectively.

“I’m sure there are more but I don’t know where they are,” Deuel said. “We rely on the gas company to work with us when we have an incident.”

The deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno earlier this month has alerted residents and government officials to the dangerous possibilities that come with moving gases underground. Marcella Low, a Southern California Gas Co. representative for the South Bay area, said she has received many calls for detailed information about local pipelines since the Sept. 9 explosion in San Bruno.

“A lot of customers have been asking for really specific information, like the age of pipes and maintenance dates,” Low said. “We’ve always provided database information but the database doesn’t have really specific information due to security purposes. We can’t reveal exact locations.”

An online database operated by the National Pipeline Mapping System provides general locations of lines carrying gas and hazardous liquids. A web of pipelines can be seen on the online map running beneath Torrance, Gardena, Hawthorne, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway, Carson and Lomita. The beach cities and areas on the Palos Verdes Peninsula show fewer pipelines.

Low said that The Gas Co. has fast-tracked its scheduled pipeline upgrades in light of the increased public scrutiny. Gas Co. workers are currently doing routine maintenance on a high-pressure line in Redondo Beach, along 190th Street between Green and Blossom lanes. The company is checking to see if there is any corrosion in the line that would need repair, Low said.

“We have ongoing maintenance programs like this one for the safety of residents, so incidents like the one in San Bruno don’t happen in the future,” she said.

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