Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) recently opened a facility in San Francisco’s East Bay to develop the tools and test resources to bolster natural gas transportation and storage operations.

For the beleaguered combination utility giant, still hoping to erase the stigma of the 2010 San Bruno transmission pipeline rupture and explosion, the opening of the Center for Gas Safety and Innovation in Dublin is considered a significant step in its six-year effort to restore its reputation.

The 25,000-square-foot center provides space for three key groups within PG&E’s gas operations, which state regulators in recent years have chided for not having a sufficient “safety mindset” to elevate operations above past sub-par levels…

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