Gas leak leads to evacuations in downtown SLO

July 1, 2015

SLO gas leakA gas leak on the 800 block of Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo led to business evacuations and a partial road closure Wednesday morning.

At about 11 a.m., construction crews working on the Chinatown development project hit a two-inch gas line. Police officers and firefighters then closed Monterey Street between Chorro and Morro streets to both vehicles and pedestrians and evacuated the businesses.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the roads were reopened and people were allowed to enter businesses in the area.

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This is a routine, no big deal event. Even with Underground Service Alert marking utility lines, a crew can rarely hit them usually with little danger and little public inconvenience. All part of maintaining working utilities so we don’t have to live in huts and yurts.

BTW, WHERE are SLO Mothers For Peace calling for removal of all gas lines? Consumer methane from the Gas Company includes micro amounts of benzene, a carcinogen. One would expect them to be whining into cameras about “poisoning our babies” or some such foolishness.

Considering the mercury in the (now mandated) vaccines, the benzene, chlorine and fluoride in the water, the more-than-occasional lead in Chinese toys, the aluminum and barium in the geoengineering weather control, the Monsanto DNA-altering food engineering, the prescriptions of Ritalin for children who instead need to be outdoors more, the electromagnetic waves from pervasive wifi….who gives a shit?

Indigo, the City of SLO cares enough to pass an ordinance that outlaws smelly smells.

Many gas lines and other utilities were poorly mapped and not installed properly in the old days. Still, a survey of the area should determine the location and depth of the pipelines. I hope that they dig by hand in the future.