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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