Utility companies would have to install automatic or remotely controlled shutoff valves on natural gas pipelines under a bill approved by the state Senate.
Central Coast state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, supported the legislation.
“The tragedy in San Bruno has highlighted the need to implement improved safeguards so that Californians and communities are better protected from the risks of natural gas pipelines,” Blakeslee wrote in response to a query from The Tribune.
The bill responds to the deadly September gas explosion in the San Francisco Bay area city of San Bruno.
The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline had only a manual shut-off valve.
The safety bill introduced by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, requires new shutoff valves on pipelines that cross an active earthquake fault or populated area.
The bill now goes to the Assembly.