Construction crew causes gas leak

PG&E responds quickly, capping leak

A construction crew working on Plymouth Street, between N. Rengstorff and Sierra Vista avenues, caused a gas line to rupture and leak, resulting in the road's closure to all foot and vehicle traffic for a short time this afternoon, Nov. 14.

No one was reported injured.

A spokeswoman for the Mountain View Fire Department said that emergency dispatchers received a report of the leak at 1:07 p.m. and that the leak had been caused by a construction crew, working on a housing project in the area.

Jaime Garrett, public information officer for the MVFD, told the Voice that a PG&E crew responded quickly to the leak and that by 1:41 p.m., the leak had been capped and emergency responders left the scene.


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Posted by phew
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Good thing that's the only active construction project in Mountain View, otherwise I'd be worried about safety.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

Voice - low pressure local distribution line or high-pressure regional?

A high pressure gas distribution line, constructed in WW II to bring energy up to San Francisco (through, for instance, San Bruno) is in this area and goes under the Crittenden Middle School soccer/softball fields and across Sierra Vista. Yes - that same type of old-pipe high-pressure line. Imagine an earthquake - with 'liquefaction' in the field and a broken line within 200 feet of occupied school buildings.

I have been talking (Fri morn) with our Assemblyman (Gordan) and communicating with our state Senator (Hill) to make sure schools are directly notified of high-pressure gas transport line problems. This 'no notification' is a big problem in the City of San Carlos, according to a public hearing of Hill's I recently attended.

Writing your State Senator (Hill) is probably the best long-term way to help strengthen formal gas-line safety oversight. Because San Bruno explosion area was 'his district' (Assembly) it is now 'his issue' (Senate committee overseeing PG&E regulators). [contractors who can't read - better schooling]

These opinions are my OWN!

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