Posts Tagged ‘san bruno’

Our PG&E Didn’t/Doesn’t Have a Good Handle on Natural Gas Long-Haul Transmission Safety, But Check Out Its Car Parking

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

You can’t get any safer than this:

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These cones are really helping matters is what I’m saying…

Recalling (Again) the Close Call United Flight 863 had with Mount San Bruno Back in 1998

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Here’s an excellent report from the WSJ back in 1999.

And here’s a more better photo than I had in back in aught-nine:

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Same mountain, same antennas, same general direction for the plane (except the 1998 incident occurred at night and with fog/clouds).

Anyway, United Airlines took things seriously and aviation is the better for it…

Here’s Your New 400 Block of 11th Street, for Better or Worse, from Our SFMTA

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Here’s what this one small block of 11th Street looks like now, after the SFMTA started changing things.

I can’t say I understand what the SFMTA’s doing here.

But I do understand what this means:

Muni Bus that Killed Cyclist Cheng Jin Lai Missing Key Safety Equipment

Yeah, the same small block.

Anyway, the yellow lines are back closer to where you’d expect them to be, so that’s nice. (I guess this scene from last month was just for construction.)

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So now this block has 2.5 sidewalks.

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Why not four or five? IDK, maybe next year…

An Enlarged Sidewalk / Bus Depot for 11th and Harrison?

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Here’s the new sitch, looking north from Division:

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I suppose a lot of parking spaces will be sacrificed at the altar of the 9 San Bruno “Rapid” [LIMITED] Project, a joint from the SFMTA’s MUNI Great Leap Forward, Comrades.

And looking south from Folsom:

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MISSING: Steven Harris – Last Seen at the California Academy of Sciences Jan 6th – Last Ping at Market / Van Ness

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

[UPDATE: “STEVEN HAS BEEN FOUND. He is currently with family.]

OK, here’s the report as far as I know:

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Steven Harris, went missing around 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, last seen leaving his job at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. His home is in San Bruno, and his last phone ping was at Market & Van Ness. His family is trying to get any sort of media attention to help bring Steven home.

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Amazingly, Our Local Postal Service Opens Its Doors Earlier on a Saturday Than UPS Does Monday Through Friday

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here you go, here are the hours for USPS Clayton Station 94117 in the Upper Haight:

Compare that with the opening time for the big UPS Customer Center at 320 San Bruno Ave.

Well forget about Saturday ’cause the UPS aint even open on Saturdays. And M-F, the UPS begrudgingly opens at 9:30 AM.

I’ll tell you, a few decades back, UPS outperformed the Post Office in all aspects. But these days, for a lot of aspects, it’s hard to tell much of a diff.

IMO.

Antenna Farm: The Misty Mountains of San Bruno – Or, the Reason Why You Can’t Watch the Olympics Using Rabbit Ears

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

These stubby nubbins are no match for Twin Peaks, so that’s why you can’t watch NBC without paying The Man on a monthly basis.

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It’s also why you can’t host a Super Bowl Party once every three years.

BTW, your local electeds just looove the Comcast monopoly – it’s kind of a failure of Democracy.

In closing, death to Comcast, death to Time Warner. Rise up, Comrades!

 

A Press Release from Fantasyland: “PG&E Chairman Tony Earley Asks Board for Independent Review of Company Actions Related to Line 147”

Monday, November 11th, 2013

PG&E Chairman Tony Earley Asks Board for Independent Review of Company Actions Related to Line 147 – Earley says ensuring company’s credibility is essential”

“It is important to understand that, as the Administrative Law Judge in the proceeding acknowledged, this was not a safety issue but rather an issue of regulatory compliance.”

UH, SO WAS WHAT CAUSED SAN BRUNO MERELY AN ISSUE OF “REGULATORY COMPLIANCE” AS WELL? YOU SEE, PG&E, PART OF YOUR PROBLEM IS YOUR BEHAVIOR BEFORE SAN BRUNO BUT  THE _OTHER_ PART IS YOUR BEHAVIOR _AFTER_ SAN BRUNO . YOU PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK THAT YOU’VE FIXED EVERYTHING. YOU HAVEN’T.

In this proceeding, the CPUC Safety and Enforcement Division said that all public safety issues were addressed by PG&E’s operational actions. In addition, I strongly believe that the employees working to correct the records associated with Line 147 were trying to do the right thing. “However, it is essential to PG&E’s future that our conduct be above reproach at all times and that we maintain credibility with the Commission, our customers and the public.

THIS ASSUMES THAT YOU HAVE CREDIBILITY WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS AND THE PUBLIC. YOU SEE, YOU CAN’T MAINTAIN SOMETHING UNTIL YOU HAVE SOMETHING, RIGHT? YOU’RE THE WORST BIG UTILITY IN AMERICA, RIGHT? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT?

“Accordingly, I have asked the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to independently review Commissioner Ferron’s assertion of ‘deliberate and calculated dishonesty‘ by PG&E and his assertion that actions of senior management ‘were a clear attempt to conceal or obfuscate the facts on important matters involving the public’s trust …’. These are very disturbing statements.

NO NO NO NO, PG&E. HIS STATEMENTS ARE NOT “VERY DISTURBING”  – THAT’S JUST HIM TRYING TO DO HIS JOB. NO NO, IT’S _YOUR_ BEHAVIOR THAT’S DISTURBING. IT’S YOUR MALFEASANCE AND NONFEASANCE WHAT’S DISTURBING.

I have asked that the Audit Committee assessment be conducted expeditiously such that we can report back to the Commission, employees and the public with confidence that the assertions have been thoroughly reviewed and that appropriate actions, if merited, have been taken.”

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU THINK THAT YOU’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG, PG&E. WHY NOT INSTEAD SAY, ” OH YES, WE DIDN’T FILE ON TIME AND  WE SHOULD HAVE AND YADA YADA YADA ANDWE’RE SORRY?” YOU KNOW, WHEN IT’S APPROPRIATE, WHICH IS OFTEN? AND ISN’T THE CPUC SUPPOSED TO BE THE PARTY THAT DOES “REVIEW” INDEPENDENT OF PG&E? IT SEEMS AS IF YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD WAIT AROUND ON YOU ALL TO SEE IF YOU ALL WILL ADMIT TO _ANY_ WRONGDOING.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California – www.pgecurrents.com. SOURCE PG&E Corporation

WELL I GUESS HYDRO ENERGY STOLEN THROUGH BRIBERY A CENTURY AGO IS “CLEAN,” BUT IN SOME WAYS IT’S NOT, PG&E.

OH, AND NOW YOU’RE GETTING SUED BY SOME OF YOUR SHAREHOLDERS?

“The lawsuit, filed by shareholder Hind Bou-Salman, names numerous past and present PG&E executives and board members, including former Chairman of the Board and CEO Peter Darbee as well as his predecessor Thomas King and current PG&E President Christopher Johns. It claims that hundreds of millions of dollars that were to be used for pipeline assessment, maintenance and record keeping was instead used to buy back stock, improving PG&E’s bottom line and giving bonuses and stock options to the executives. Bou-Salman, a Millbrae resident and PG&E stockholder for 23 years, wants PG&E executives to be held accountable for the millions of dollars the company has spent settling lawsuits and paying fines stemming from the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. She filed the suit on behalf of other shareholders.”

OH WELL.

San Bruno vs. San Carlos: Incompetent “PG&E Welcomes Opportunity To Demonstrate Safety Of Line 147”

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

So let’s see here. According to PG&E, it doesn’t have to listen to any judges telling it to shut down any pipelines, no matter how dangerous the pipeline is and no matter how reckless PG&E employees and contractors behave.

In the words of John Malkovich, “WTF to that.”

You see, PG&E prefers to be regulated by the lapdog CPUC.

All right, here’s the latest, from PG&E’s point of view, just released:

“PG&E Welcomes Opportunity To Demonstrate Safety Of Line 147

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2013 — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today said it welcomes the opportunity to continue its work with the California Public Utilities Commission and San Mateo County communities to validate that the company has completed, as represented, safety-related work on transmission Line 147.

“We want to be a good neighbor to San Mateo County communities. Customers in these communities can be assured that Line 147 is safe and we look forward to the opportunity to document all the work that has gone into maintaining and operating this line safely. It is important that this validation be completed on an expedited basis because Line 147 is even more critical to our system once colder weather comes our way. We don’t want to be in a position of being unable to serve our customers because the pipeline is out of service,” said Nick Stavropoulos, the executive vice president responsible for leading the PG&E gas organization since June 2011.

PG&E on Friday was ordered by a San Mateo Superior Court to cease service to Line 147 after the City of San Carlos questioned the pipe’s safety.  The company complied with the order and today said it does not intend to return the line to service pending a review by the CPUC. However, the company today asked the Court to vacate the temporary injunction because it lacked the jurisdiction to make such a ruling.  In California, exclusive jurisdiction is given to the California Public Utilities Commission in order to avoid a patchwork of conflicting local standards and regulations.

Background

What is Line 147 and where is it located?

Line 147 consists of a 20-inch and 24-inch gas pipeline that runs for 3.8 miles between Highways 101 and 280 along Brittan Avenue in San Carlos (PG&E Gas Transmission Pipelines). Line 147 plays an important role in PG&E’s ability to safely and reliably serve more than 650,000 customers on the Peninsula. Line 147 is a cross-tie, connecting Line 101 on the eastern side of the Peninsula to Lines 109 and 132 that are centrally located on the Peninsula. Lines 101, 109 and 132 run south to north from Milpitas Terminal in Santa Clara County to PG&E’s San Francisco Gas Load Center.

What measures has PG&E taken to ensure the safe operation of Line 147?
Our work on Line 147 has included verifying records and pressurizing the line with high-pressure water to confirm its integrity. PG&E employees – on foot and in the air – have regularly checked this line, and all of PG&E’s lines, for leaks.

Following the San Bruno accident in September 2010, PG&E lowered the operating pressure on many pipelines – including Line 147 – as an interim safety measure. In addition, after the San Bruno accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended hydrostatic testing for pipelines that were previously not subject to a pressure test – a process whereby water is put into the line at nearly double, if not more, the pressure that the gas typically reaches – be performed across all gas utilities in the nation.

In October of 2011, Line 147 was hydrostatically tested, and passed. Because of this successful pressure test, PG&E asked the CPUC to allow it to restore the line’s operating pressure. This request included a large volume of documentation and evidence supporting this restoration of pressure.

After receiving approval from the CPUC, PG&E increased the operating pressure on Line 147 as necessary to meet winter load, but kept the operating pressure below the approved Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP). On May 24, 2012, after the winter months, PG&E again reduced the operating pressure on Line 147.

Additional measures taken to ensure safe operation of Line 147
In addition to the pressure test, PG&E has taken extensive actions since 2010 to ensure the continued safe operation of Line 147. These have included:

—  MAOP Validation: Using its Pipeline Features List, PG&E conducted a
systematic evaluation of the characteristics of Line 147 to validate the
MAOP of each pipeline component.

    —  Integrity Assessment: PG&E has completed baseline assessments for the
portions of Line 147 that are in densely populated areas, by performing
External Corrosion Direct Assessments in 2004 and/or 2009.
    —  Valve Replacement: A new 20-inch valve was installed on Line 147 near
Brittan Avenue in 2011 to allow PG&E to quickly stop the flow of gas and
isolate the line if necessary.
    —  Regular Maintenance:
—  Leak Surveys: All of Line147 was surveyed in April 2013. PG&E
continues to survey Line 147 for leaks on a regular basis.
—  Ground and Aerial Patrols: PG&E has conducted ground patrols of Line
147 in each of the first eight months of 2013 as well as in November
and December of 2012. During these patrols, PG&E gas employees walk
or drive the line to check for any leaks. PG&E also has conducted
aerial patrols on Line 147 every month from December 2012 to date,
except for February 2013. PG&E continues to patrol and monitor these
lines and records observations of any potential threats to the
integrity of the lines.
—  Anti-Corrosion Measures: Line 147 is equipped with cathodic
protection (CP), a system to safeguard against pipeline corrosion.
PG&E inspects its CP systems using pipe-to-soil reads, and annual
rectifier inspections. This electrical device impresses current on
the pipeline, which is a critical part of the corrosion control
system. PG&E continues to perform CP pipe-to-soil inspections on
Line 147 every other month.
A leak was discovered as part of routine work

In October 2012, as PG&E continued other work to improve the safety of its system, a leak was found on Line 147. At the same time, the company discovered discrepancies in the information that was originally submitted to support the pipeline’s MAOP.

As part of PG&E’s due diligence into the leak, a contractor raised questions about Line 147 in an email. That’s exactly what we encourage our people to do: raise any concerns about safety. All of the issues raised by the individual were seriously discussed.

PG&E also removed the section of pipe that leaked to confirm its mechanical and metallurgical properties via laboratory work, including a root cause analysis of the leak itself. That report concluded the leak was on base metal, not on a girth weld or the long seam weld and, importantly, that “no evidence of crack growth during service or hydro testing was detected.”

The results of this metallurgical test, the results of the 2011 hydrostatic pressure tests, and other steps PG&E has taken to ensure the integrity of its system, confirm that Line 147 is safe.

To learn more about PG&E’s commitment to pipeline safety, please visit www.pge.com/pipelinesafety.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit: http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom and www.pgecurrents.com.

SOURCE  Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

CONTACT: PG&E External Communications – (415) 973-5930

Web Site: http://www.pge-corp.com

Horrible PG&E Offers Up Excuses for Dragging Its Feet Shutting the Pipeline It Was Just Ordered to Shut Down

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Sometimes it seems like PG&E is 100% run by MBAs. Anyway. here’s the latest in the ongoing San Carlos, CA fiasco:

“Pipeline Is Safe, PG&E Tells San Carlos Customers. Utility is taking steps to be able to safely and effectively shut off service to San Carlos pipeline in compliance with Superior Court order

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5, 2013 — Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) today said customers in San Carlos, Calif., can be assured that a natural gas transmission pipeline in their community is being operated in a completely safe manner.”

Gee, PG&E, wasn’t that what you said before about the natural gas pipeline in the San Bruno community before your negligence killed eight people in 2010? Do you think it’s a common thing for utility to kill eight people at a time? Your assurances mean nothing, PG&E.

In addition, PG&E said that despite the line being operated safely, the company is taking steps to be able to safely and effectively shut off service to the pipeline in compliance with an October 4 temporary injunction order by the San Mateo Superior Court. PG&E expects to be in a position to shut off service as early as Monday or Tuesday. The plan must account for a number of important safety and customer impacts associated with shutting off service.

What’s all this “PGE said” crap? Aren’t you PG&E? So why don’t you just come out and make the claim to the world, instead of to the people of San Carlos? What’s the angle here? Anyway, this graf here sounds like you’re sassing the judge, doesn’t it? Like, despite some judge going stark raving bonkers, we’re going to do what the judge ordered us to do, eventually. And you’re not ready to shut the pipeline down now? You have to “take steps” first? OK  fine.

“We are working diligently to comply with the court order to safely and effectively shut off service to the pipeline. However, in the meantime, I want all customers to know that this pipeline has been demonstrated to be safe using the leading and most universally accepted standard for assessing the integrity of operating pipelines. Under no circumstances would we operate this pipeline in an unsafe condition and any suggestion to the contrary is simply wrong,” said Nick Stavropoulos, the executive vice president with responsibility for all PG&E gas operations since June 2011.

Yet a PG&E engineer asked, “Are We Sitting on a San Bruno Situation? Right? What about that, EVP Nick?

PG&E is responding to the court order by developing a plan to shut down the pipeline in a safe and effective fashion as quickly as possible.  The company noted that work is presently being conducted on Line 101 on the Peninsula – the pipeline stretches from South San Francisco to San Jose. This work must be completed before Line 147 can be taken out of service in order to avoid posing an unreasonable risk of loss of service to other customers.   In addition, the company is completing an assessment of gas service impact to customers in the San Carlos community, which will be taken into account as the company’s analysis concludes by Monday.

Uh, PG&E? “Safely” means to not kill any more people. “Effectively” means shutting down Line 147 100%. That’s it. Obviously this isn’t going to be convenient for you but aren’t you worried about being in contempt?

“To ensure safe operations on Line 147 in San Carlos, PG&E conducted hydrostatic pressure testing on the line in September 2011 to validate the safe operating pressure. Hydrostatic pressure testing, including a spike test, is widely considered among state and federal regulators the leading industry standard to ensure the safe operation of a gas transmission pipeline. In addition, a third party consulting firm conducted independent metallurgical testing after further questions were raised about the pipeline by a company employee. PG&E is requesting that San Carlos officials consult with state and federal pipeline safety officials to validate the actions taken by PG&E on Line 147. To learn more about PG&E’s commitment to pipeline safety, please visit www.pge.com/pipelinesafety.”

Blah blah blah. Hey PG&E! Why don’t you just shut down the fucking line now before you kill any more people?

All right, play us out of here, you incompetent boobs:

“Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit:  http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

SOURCE  PG&E

PG&E

CONTACT: PG&E External Communications – (415) 973-5930

Web Site: http://www.pge-corp.com