PG&E says the venting of their natural gas lines in San Carlos on Monday afternoon was successful, and an additional gas venting will take place on Fri., Oct. 5 at the same location--west of I-280, just north of Edgewood Road.
The main release is scheduled to begin between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. or after 6:30 p.m. so as to avoid the commute traffic time. It is expected to take between two and three hours.
The PG&E venting on Monday cleared a large portion of the L-101 natural gas line in preparation for multiple pipeline safety enhancement projects that PG&E has planned from Woodside to Stanford.
The utility company says that in order to clear the lines completely of natural gas they will be running air movers at several locations after the official venting.
Depending on the location of gas venting and weather patterns, there may be a smell of natural gas. PG&E assures customers that this situation is safe.
PG&E says it is working to avoid the impacts that were experienced on Sept. 26 when residents in San Carlos and Belmont became concerned after smelling strong gas odors. Should PG&E experience delays as they did on September 26th, they will conduct additional proactive outreach. This will include utilizing SMC Alert to inform customers as well as sending out robo-calls to over 30,000 customers.
PG&E encourages any resident who has questions or concerns about the smell of gas to call 24 hours a day at 1-800-743-5000 or call 9-1-1 immediately.