A segment of pipe that supplies natural gas to the Bay Area exploded during a test Monday morning in a remote area near Bakersfield.The pressure test was conducted on a mile long stretch of Line 300B around 9 a.m., according to PG&E officials. The seam in the 34-inch diameter pipe failed during a test to increase pressure. The pipe itself was laid in the ground in 1950. Read More
California's U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein spoke at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday on pipeline safety regarding last year's San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion. Read More
PG&E has said it will supply local emergency responders with detailed information on gas pipelines in response to complaints that maps the company provided were insufficient.
The utility company released maps with pipeline and valve locations to first responders after the San Bruno tragedy in September as part of its Pipeline 2020 project, PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said. Read More
The Magoolaghan family is a giant leap closer to coming home.
Bill and Betti Magoolaghan last week became the second homeowners to win the city’s approval to rebuild in the Glenview neighborhood, a milestone in the return to normalcy for the parents with four children ages 4 months to 6 years.
“We’re really excited about getting back to our home, getting back to our lives, just having a new start back where we belong,” said Bill Magoolaghan, 47. Read More
First, the pipeline exploded. Then the flames, like a blowtorch, set the neighborhood overlooking San Francisco Bay ablaze.
Flaming chunks of asphalt hurled into the air from the blast blew through the roof at Bill Magoolaghan's house. As he watched from a nearby hillside in San Bruno, one question came to his mind: Why can't someone stop the tower of fire? Read More
Whether it was a deadly natural-gas pipeline blast in San Bruno, an improbable World Series win for the Giants or a historic court verdict that led to chaos on the streets, the Bay Area endured an emotional roller coaster of unforgettable events this year. As the year comes to an end, The San Francisco Examiner lists ten events that brought tragedy, anger and shame to our region, along with those that brought pride and joy. Read More
Victims of the PG&E pipeline explosion could start getting long-awaited checks soon from a city fund totaling nearly $400,000 in donations that poured in after the disaster.
Amid criticism that officials have been slow to release the city-controlled funds, two City Council members will lead a meeting Wednesday to hear from residents how to distribute the money. Read More
While Allen B. was in the midst of a 65-day stay at a burn center, and his sister-in-law was just beginning what will be a much longer stay, his brother-in-law went to the Red Cross to apply for aid.
After spending about an hour and a half filling out paperwork, his brother-in-law walked away with a mere $100. Read More
Attorneys representing PG&E and more than 100 San Bruno residents who have sued the utility over the Sept. 9 gas line explosion are expected to meet for the first time to begin planning court proceedings Thursday.
At least 35 separate lawsuits from eight firms have been filed against PG&E in connection with the disaster, which killed eight people and destroyed or seriously damaged 55 homes. Read More
Today, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will testify during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on gas pipeline safety.
The hearing — hosted by the committee’s Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Committee — is being held in response to the San Bruno pipeline explosion and other recent accidents. Read More