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UPDATE: Downtown Gas Leak Capped

PG&E and fire crews on Monday morning responded to a gas leak at downtown parking lot.

Emergency crews this morning capped a gas leak at a vacant building located at the downtown parking lot, near the on First and L streets.

At around 8 a.m. fire crews were sent to the area after a caller reported smelling gas, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Departmen Battalion Chief Jack Neiman-Kimel said.

When firefighters arrived they located the gas leak at a building that previously housed a dry-cleaning business, Neiman-Kimel said.

"The gas meter is gone," he said. "I'm not sure if it was taken, but it is definitely gone."

Firefighters diffused and kept the gas cloud down with water while PG&E worked to gain access to an underground gas line.

The gas leak was capped at 9:40 a.m.

KWalkerM March 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM
People steal copper out of the windmills, someone got fried last week doing that
Rich Buckley March 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Speculation in speaking with incident commanders: this appears to have been an attempt to cannibalize (steal) a brass fitting with a less than $1.00 +- fencing value, that failed when the natural gas escaped and made the proposition less and less attractive with each twist of the pipe. The property owner has been and is working with the city since 2006 to complete the city's condemnation of the building for the new parking structure intended for this very site.
Speedie B March 13, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Hopefully this incident will help light a fire under the City's _ss to get moving on the demolition before it literally goes up in fire.
Rich Buckley March 13, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The "current plan" published by the City of Livermore Feb 2012, implies a process of first, public condemnation of a portion of the land and building for public parking. The property owners are caught in a twilight zone of being notified by the city in writing they were being condemned back in 2006+- then having to wait for the consummation of that commitment only to find the commitment years later to be dropped. It was reset quickly again last month with the adoption of the "current plan" for the next major parking structure to service downtown Livermore. Several tenants then and now would like to use the property but the property needs a lot of work to use it in any style or grace that would reflect well on the downtown. Making that level of commitment becomes untenable when no tenant is willing to stick with it when they are told the building is apparently under threat of condemnation and will be torn down for a parking structure. The property owners are literally caught in the whipsaw brought about by the failures of the entire redevelopment legalities throughout California, only to then re-emerge under the realities of traditional condemnation law of the right of communities to acquire property for "public use," a process different than redevelopment law. All the parties are hopeful of moving forward as the building has been caught in limbo for nearly 7 years. A photo of the current plan for this site has been uploaded as picture number three above. It'll happen.
Robert March 19, 2012 at 08:18 AM
no pun intended right?

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