A dozen new gas leaks have been discovered by PG&E in Stonegate, a subdivision in West Davis. PG&E announced in December its plan to replace more than two thousand feet of natural gas distribution line pipe in this quiet neighborhood, as well as twenty-eight service lines that run to residents homes. The new leaks–caused by failures in the plastic caps on the service tee lines. This pushes the total over the last five years to fifty-seven in this West Davis neighborhood.
The defective pipe that needs to be replaced runs along Marina Circle between Biscayne Bay and Secret Bay Place. This area is being targeted because it has experienced the highest number of reported leaks. Why has PG&E refused to provide information regarding distribution lines under other Davis neighborhoods? Will these necessary repairs be reason enough for PG&E to raise their rates again?
The newly discovered leaks have not impelled PG&E to alter its plan to replace only the two thousand feet originally announced. The utility company began performing bi-weekly gas leak surveys in selected areas near Marina Circle, after six new leaks were discovered in November 2011 when residents reported smelling gas. Last month, after residents in Stonegate again complained of smelling gas, the utility company discovered more leaks on Lake Terrace Circle and immediately repaired them. About 4.7 miles of distribution line pipe runs underneath Stonegate.
PG&E is also working to develop a GIS program that would provide more detail about the Davis natural gas system. The Davis Fire Department continues working with PG&E to monitor the progress and the plan. Fire Chief Bill Weisgerber reminds Stonegate and Davis residents to contact the Fire Department if they smell natural gas. “PG&E is keeping us informed with their progress,” Weisberger said. “It’s a rather involved undertaking and it’s going to take some time to execute this replacement project”. Have other citizens in other areas of Davis experienced any stench of natural gas? Is PG&E working expeditiously to solve this dangerous issue? Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs, get details on the free cruise to Mexico and view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.