SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement today in response to PG&E’s plan to replace 1,231 miles of Aldyl-A pipe across California. The 2-inch plastic distribution pipelines deliver natural gas to homes and businesses. A failed Aldyl-A pipe is suspected to have caused an explosion and fire at a Cupertino condominium in August 2011.

“I am relieved that PG&E is putting safety first by replacing some 1,200 miles of plastic pipes that are of the type that NTSB recommended for close monitoring and possible replacement over ten years ago. These pipes have a record of cracking in freezing temperatures or in earthquake zones. This project will add significantly to the mounting costs associated with PG&E‘s recent efforts to modernize its natural gas delivery system. Great care and oversight must be applied by the CPUC as it determines what reasonable costs should be passed on to ratepayers as opposed to those costs that should be absorbed by PG&E shareholders. “