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IMLA Teleconference – Utility Franchises: Do you Know What’s in the Ground in Your City?


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All cities and counties have utilities, their operations usually go unnoticed, are old systems, and are not being regularly maintained and repaired. Most cities have not reviewed their franchise agreements with their utilities and several of these franchise agreements do not include the requirement that the utility provide a safe system. This teleconference will explore lessons learned from the PG&E explosion in San Bruno: the importance of cities to review their franchise agreements, utilities’ responsibility to inform emergency responders of their high pressure gas lines, local governments’ need to understand what role they have in regulating their utilities, and local governments' role in promoting public awareness of what is in the ground within their cities’ boundaries.