In response to last year's pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this morning requiring stricter oversight of natural gas transmission lines in California.
Among other things, the legislation requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish emergency response standards for pipeline operators, authorizes the PUC to require automatic shut-off or remote controlled valves on certain lines and requires utilities to develop service and safety plans.
"We learned very important lessons from the tragic explosion in San Bruno. Pipeline operators and the Public Utilities Commission must take every possible step to keep it from happening again," Brown said in a prepared statement. "These bills protect California's communities by setting new standards for emergency preparedness, placing automatic shut-off valves in vulnerable areas and ensuring that gas companies pressure test transmission lines."
The five bills signed by the Democratic governor are Assembly Bill 56 and Senate Bills 44, 216, 705 and 879.