State and local officials are appealing a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny additional funds to help California and the city of San Bruno pay for ongoing efforts to repair and reconstruct a neighborhood struck by a PG&E gas pipeline explosion. Read More
A longtime Peninsula resident known fondly by San Francisco students as the “Bug Man” for his work exterminating insects at city schools was the eighth fatality of the massive San Bruno explosion.
Jim Franco, 58, was pronounced dead almost three weeks after the Sept. 9 PG&E natural-gas pipeline exploded. Franco rented a room in the upper level of a home at 951 Glenview Drive, about 200 feet from the blast site. Read More
A man who was rooming near the site of the San Bruno blast has been pronounced dead after fighting for his life at UCSF Medical Center.
James Emil Franco, 58, is the eighth person to die after a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. natural gas pipeline exploded on Sept. 9. He lived at 951 Glenview Dr.
The San Mateo County Coroner was notified of the death at 9:45 a.m. Monday. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. Read More
It’s not clear whether money to pay for the investigations into the cause of the San Bruno fire will come from PG&E’s ratepayers or from its profits.
The California Public Utilities Commission, the agency that is supposed to oversee PG&E’s infrastructure, met Thursday and created a committee to do its own investigation into the fire — separate from the investigation already begun by the federal National Transportation Safety Board. Read More
Crews started to remove debris today from a few of the homes destroyed by the deadly explosion and fire in San Bruno earlier this month as part of a weeks-long cleanup effort at the disaster site.
The Sept. 9 pipeline explosion and fire killed seven people and destroyed 37 homes, leaving rubble and debris strewn across several residential streets in the Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood. Read More
A pipeline in San Carlos counts among the 100 highest-priority PG&E gas line repair projects in the state.
The issue of dangerous natural-gas lines came into the spotlight after the explosion and conflagration in San Bruno on Sept. 9, which killed seven people and incinerated dozens of homes. Read More
The deadly explosion in San Bruno could end up altering how buildings are constructed near natural-gas lines.
In many U.S. cities, including San Francisco, there are no rules requiring builders to consider pipeline-related risks — such as explosions — when constructing homes, schools or commercial space. Read More
A clash between two environmental agencies about how to remove the ash and rubble from the San Bruno neighborhood devastated by a deadly explosion could cause lengthy delays in cleanup efforts.
The fire, caused by a ruptured PG&E natural-gas line Sept. 9, ripped through the neighborhood, destroying 38 homes and burning toxic materials such as paint cans, batteries and vehicle oil. Read More
An increase in pipeline accidents, such as last week’s deadly gas explosion in San Bruno, could be curbed by newly proposed federal regulations.
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed changing inspection and maintenance rules related to pipelines, including gas transmission and oil lines, and increasing fines for violations. Read More
A vigil and funeral mass are planned in San Francisco this week for Jacqueline Greig and her 13-old-daughter Janessa, who were killed Thursday when a gas transmission line exploded and ignited a fire that ripped through their San Bruno neighborhood.
The vigil and mass are scheduled to take place at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on 17th Avenue, near Vicente Street, on Thursday and Friday. Read More