Beginning the week of February 2, 2015, and for a two week period, PG&E will be driving through the communities and neighborhoods of Southern Marin with a highly sensitive gas monitoring vehicle. The monitor is a highly sensitive detector mounted to a vehicle, which is one thousand times more sensitive then PG&E's normal gas detection meters. There are a total of eight of these vehicles in PG&E's fleet for California.
PG&E uses this new technology to detect gas leaks long before they become a major problem. The sensors are mounted on top of a PG&E vehicle and the vehicle drives through the neighborhood at about 15 mile per hour. The PG&E vehicle is a Ford Escape, hybrid. This vehicle is supported by other PG&E staff who can follow up on detections of possible leaks.
PG&E works very closely with Fire Service Agencies. On January 25, 2015, PG&E and multiple public safety agencies, including Southern Marin Fire District and Mill Valley Fire, met with PG&E staff to review the program and vehicle, and discussed how this vehicle and service would integrate into emergency operations.