PG&E releasing natural gas along Hwy 101 Saturday morning in South San Francisco

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Pacific Gas and Electric crews are releasing natural gas Saturday morning around 10 a.m. along Highway 101 in South San Francisco in order to lower pressure on a transmission pipeline in preparation of a scheduled inspection during the week of September 7-11, according to PG&E officials.

PG&E is working closely with CalTrans in preparation for this inspection and does not expect Saturday’s work to have any impact on traffic, officials said.

Following standard safety practices, crews will vent natural gas from the pipeline, according to PG&E. As PG&E vents the pipe, the smell of natural gas and the sound of venting may be noticeable to nearby homes and businesses, depending on wind direction, they said.

The natural gas will quickly dissipate into the atmosphere and will not be harmful, according to PG&E. However, PG&E added, anyone who has concerns about natural gas odors in or around their home or business should call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

This inspection is not related to the incident involving a third-party contractor striking PG&E’s electric lines in Burlingame last weekend, they said. For additional information please call PG&E’s 24-hour media line at (415) 973-5930.

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