Two days after the massive natural gas pipeline explosion that destroyed the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno on Sept. 9, 2010, emergency workers and PG&E inspectors were on the scene to evaluate the devastation.
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Just 719 feet south of the spot where a poorly welded section of gas transmission pipeline No. 132 blew up last year in San Bruno, killing eight and razing dozens of homes, lay another segment of the pipe that had a similar — and similarly unknown — defect. Read More
PG&E on Monday is beginning to pressure test more than a mile of a gas transmission pipeline in Mountain View, a utility spokesman said.The section of pipeline that will be tested is 24 inches in diameter and runs between Shoreline Golf Links at 2940 N. Shoreline Blvd. and Crittendon Middle School at 1701 Rock St., PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson said. Read More
Chris Torres paused to hold back tears as he described how his two sisters’ hair and flesh melted away as they ran from their house, which had exploded into a fireball in San Bruno last September.
One sister’s fingers no longer respond, said Torres, who testified Tuesday in San Bruno at the first of three public hearings by the California Public Utilities Commission to solicit feedback about how they might better regulate pipeline safety. Read More
The third and final day of pipeline safety hearings opened Thursday morning with a discussion about how they should best be tested.The pipeline that exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9 had been tested only with a method that could not have possibly detected the pipe’s fatal flaws, and regulators are examining whether more rigorous testing methods should be required on more of the large, high-pressure lines that run under neighborhoods in every city in America. Read More
San Bruno residents and public safety officials were clueless about the existence of the natural-gas pipelines beneath streets and the safety risks they posed, and they even lacked training in case of emergency — such as the deadly Sept. 9 blast that killed eight and leveled an entire community. Read More
Fire department leaders in San Bruno had not been trained by PG&E on the natural gas lines running underneath their streets before one exploded last September, the city’s fire chief testified Wednesday. Read More
Federal authorities probing last year’s San Bruno gas pipeline explosion plan to release thousands of pages of investigative records next week as they kick off three days of high--profile, fact-finding- hearings on the deadly disaster. Read More
As people affected by the natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno work to put their lives back together, a recovery center for victims will be established by the Red Cross in the city’s downtown thanks in part to a $100,000 gift from a local health care district.On Sept. 9, a pipeline owned by PG&E exploded, killing eight people, injuring more than 50 people and destroying 38 homes. Read More