Is PG&E Installing Automatic Gas Shutoff Valves?
I’ve heard a number of times lately from folks who have been told by PG&E employees that they are installing automatic gas shutoff valves, implying that there is no need for individual shutoff valves at your residence.
The truth, from PG&E itself, is that they have installed 235 remote automatic gas shutoff valves which have to be activated remotely in San Ramon. They brag that two years ago they were able to shut down a major gas supply line in 10 minutes. If this is the best they can do, your house could already be on fire before they shut down the supply.
They also tout the fact that they have installed 14 automatic shutoff valves. They’re installed where transmission pipelines cross major fault lines. Wow, what great protection to the huge bay area!
Read their report on their “automatic” safety valves:
We have now installed over 2,900 automatic gas shutoff valves in the bay area at a price which is the best I’ve seen. If you have one, why not get everyone in your neighborhood to do the same?