California regulators reject $639M natural gas pipeline
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California regulators have rejected plans to build a 47-mile natural gas pipeline in San Diego County after a judge ruled the $639 million project is unnecessary.
The San Diego Union-Tribune says the California Public Utilities Commission rejected the plan on Thursday.
San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison wanted to build a 36-inch pipeline between the communities of Rainbow and Miramar. It would have largely replaced a 16-inch pipeline built nearly 70 years ago.
The utilities argued that the new, larger pipeline would improve safety and reliability and add capacity.
It also would have added an estimated 57 cents a month to customer bills.
SDG&E says the ruling means that the utility will now have to conduct expensive safety testing on the existing pipeline rather than replacing it.