A PG&E gas pipeline in Northern Mountain View will be vented of gas on Tuesday in preparation for pressure testing.
The line to be vented is gas line 132a, which runs through office and residential neighborhoods from Shoreline Golf Links to Crittenden Middle School. While PG&E says that any problems are highly unlikely, Moon Beam Drive resident Stephan Heumann remarked in an email that it "might be a good day for a picnic in the park (out of town)?"
The gas inside line 132a will be "quickly released into the atmosphere," said PG&E spokesperson Brittany Chord. "It will quickly dissipate and it will not be harmful." She added that "safety is our number one priority."
Line 132a links to a pipeline at Shoreline Golf Links -- line 101 -- to a gas line at Middlefield Road and Shoreline Boulevard – line 132 -- the same line that runs up the Peninsula and exploded in San Bruno.
As reported April 22, Mountain View and Antioch are the first cities to have their gas lines pressure tested in a round of testing following the San Bruno disaster.
Those with concerns about the smell of gas can call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. PG&E's gas pipeline hotline is (415) 743-7431.