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PG&E starts pipeline shutdown under court order

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POSTED October 6, 2013 5:45 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it will comply with a judge’s order and shut down a natural gas pipeline after safety issues were raised.

The utility said Sunday it believes the pipeline is safe despite an engineer’s email questioning the safety of the 83-year-old line’s welds. PG&E said it could take until Tuesday to safely shut down the line and seamlessly switch its customers to another line.

A judge ordered the line shut down after San Carlos city officials discovered the email and declared a “state of emergency.”

The email said PG&E’s records incorrectly show the line containing a newer, more reliable weld than it actually has.

PG&E said state-of-the-art tests show the line is safe and that it was shutting the line only because of the court order.

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