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PG&E Venting Gas Near Stanford Golf Course

PG&E is purging gas from eight miles of pipeline.

If you’re in the vicinity of Stanford Golf Course, expect to smell natural gas this afternoon. PG&E is venting gas from a pipeline.

The City of Palo Alto has issued the following alert:

Major Line #109 Gas Venting TODAY at Menlo Park/Palo Alto Border

· Where: Junipero Serra Boulevard, 600’ east of Alpine Road  On the side of the road, adjacent to the Stanford Golf Course

· Time: Between 12pm and 3pm (Venting time can be earlier or later if needed)

· Duration (approx): 60-90 minutes for venting, then additional 2-3 hours for air mover operations

· Why: The gas is being purged out of 8 miles of Line 109 in order to allow it to be tied into other segments and placed back in service.

· Impact: There will be a noticeable gas smell in the area during this time and some loud noise from the air movers.

Valve replacement work on Line #109 ALL THIS WEEK near VA Hospital will require night work

· Work is NOT RELATED to the pipeline replacement going on in front of the VA hospital right now.

· By unfortunate coincidence, the valve is adjacent to where the replacement project is also taking place.

· Time Frame: Valve work began Monday and will extend through most of the night tonight and tomorrow night, finishing on Friday during the day.

· This work is essential in order for PG&E to put their line back into service this week.

· PG&E is being required to get their line back into service because colder weather has raised gas demand across their territory. They cannot meet that demand without this line being operational.

· Impact: Minimal noise from valve replacement and testing, but the night work will require big lights and running generators to operate those lights.

· PG&E is looking into options to minimize those effects, in consideration of the nearby VA Hospital residents and staff.

· Traffic on Miranda will be slowed, just as it has been during the pipeline replacement day work ongoing at the VA Hospital.

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