Proposed natural gas pipeline would run right through Poway

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POWAY, Calif. -- Poway Mayor Steve Vaus has been vocal in his opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through part of his city. Tuesday night, the city council agreed with Vaus and unanimously voted to send a letter stating their opposition to state regulators.

San Diego Gas & Electric’s project would begin in 2020 and take two years to complete. If approved, it would create a 47-mile-long pipe from Rainbow to Miramar and would run through six miles of Poway down the length of Pomerado Road.

The current pipe has been in existence since the late '40s and runs in a north-south direction near Interstate 5.

The state’s Public Utilities Commission will decide if the project should be approved and where the pipe will be laid.

The mayor agrees residents need a safer pipeline but said the route makes no sense.

“I doubt you could find a location that would have more impact on homes, businesses, churches and a hospital,” Vaus said. “The bottom line is there has got to be a better way.”

He added if something should go wrong with the pipeline, it would be far safer to have it near the freeway rather than in the densely populated area near Pomerado Road.