In response to increased interest in reducing methane emissions and to a new law, Senate Bill 1371, Southern California Gas Co. ("SoCalGas") will be providing system information to the public this week. On May 14th SoCalGas will post a map on socalgas.com, searchable by address or zip code, which indicates the general locations of methane emissions indications/non-hazardous leaks on our system. On May 15th SoCalGas will file a report with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) which includes the number of leaks on our pipeline system and our current leak management practice, per Senate Bill 1371.
SoCalGas wants to reassure their customers that their system is safe. Every potential leak on their map has been inspected by trained SoCalGas technicians using advanced equipment and determined to be nonhazardous. SoCalGas conducts regular inspections of its system to monitor for leaks and encourages the public to report gas odors. SoCalGas responds to all reports of gas leaks on a 24-hour/seven-days-a week schedule.
SoCalGas operates the largest natural gas distribution system in the U.S. with 100,000 miles of pipelines, yet have one of the lowest emission rates in the country. In fact, a 2015 study by Washington State University and the Environmental Defense Fund found the overall emission rate on their system was 0.12 percent of all the gas we delivered in 2011. Despite this fact, SoCalGas is seeking approval from the CPUC for an aggressive infrastructure repair and replacement program that would effectively eliminate pending non-hazardous leaks. If the CPUC approves funding, SoCalGas anticipates repairing all currently identified pending non-hazardous leaks by the end of 2018.
If customers suspect a natural gas leak, please contact SoCalGas at 800-427-2200, or call 9-1-1. Customers can learn more about natural gas safety and methane emissions by visiting www.socalgas.com