BRENTWOOD -- PG&E officials met with residents this week to answer questions about its upcoming pipeline safety plan to replace 7.5 miles of pipeline in Brentwood and portions of Oakley and Antioch.

The informational event will be repeated on from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Golf Club at Brentwood's banquet room, 100 Summerset Drive.

In Brentwood, the pipeline replacement will mainly impact Lone Tree Way and Fairview Avenue. The location of the work in Oakley and Antioch is undetermined at this time, but will be on the outskirts of the cities, according to PG&E.

"We just want to let folks know what is going on," PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said. "It is a commitment to our customers to make sure our customers are safe."

Safety was Brentwood resident Judee Risso's primary concern about the project because she lives near the back gate of Summerset II along Fairview. She said that the noise and traffic congestion from the project will be short-lived.

"They were very helpful," Risso said of PG&E. "It (construction) will only be for a couple of months."

According to Sarkissian, the systemwide project runs from Eureka to Bakersfield. Brentwood resident Rochelle Brucker was surprised to learn that Brentwood's main gas line along Fairview dates back to 1942.

"I figured the lines out here would be new because it is a newer community," she said. In addition to installing the new pipeline, PG&E crews will use X-ray technology to inspect it. Sarkissian explained that they also use high-pressure water to check its safety and durability.


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"Hydrostatic pressure testing involves filling a section of pipe with water and pressurizing it at a much higher level than the pipe will ever operate at with natural gas," she said.

From there, Sarkissian said that the pipeline is emptied of water and dried thoroughly.

PG&E officials said that they will repair impacted streets, landscaping, fencing and infrastructure and implement safety plans for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists.

"PG&E will continue to provide gas to customers while work is in progress," Sarkissian said.

Brucker, however, expressed concern over what she said was conflicting information or a lack of details from PG&E about the project.

"There was so much uncertainty," Brucker said after the event. "The safety is the most important issue. It is important to keep in good contact with the public on this."

During the project, PG&E customers might smell gas or hear loud noises as the old pipeline is being removed, PG&E officials said, noting that this is normal. Any safety concerns should be directed to the customer service line at 1-800-743-5000.

Reach Paula King at 925-779-7174.