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Oct 8, 2013 7:27 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

PG&E must show regulators closed pipeline is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators say they've told Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety.

The California Public Utilities Commission announced the order in a statement Tuesday.

PG&E said in its own statement that it welcomes the chance to demonstrate the safety of the pipeline to the CPUC and to San Carlos and other communities that surround it.

The utility complied with a judge's order and shut down the 83-year-old pipeline Monday, but maintains it is safe despite an engineer's email questioning welding work done on it.

The judge ordered the shutdown after San Carlos city officials discovered the email saying PG&E's records incorrectly show the line containing a newer, more reliable weld than it actually has.

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