Federal investigators and safety officials tore apart Pacific Gas & Electric’s operations at a public hearing today, saying the company’s repeated failures to live up to its own safety standards over the course of decades predestined a failure like the one that occurred in San Bruno nearly a year ago. Read More
Washington, D.C. — Nearly a year after a natural gas pipeline blew up a San Bruno neighborhood and ended eight lives, federal investigators will reveal what they believe caused the explosion. Read More
The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a meeting in Washington, D.C., later this month to discuss a draft final report on the investigation into the Sept. 9 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
Lead investigators will present their findings on the explosion to the five-member board on Aug. 30, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said. Read More
Officials with PG&E have reached their conclusion about what caused a natural-gas pipeline to explode in San Bruno last September. And they have concluded the event was not the utility’s fault.
Federal investigators asked PG&E, the agency that regulates it, the city of San Bruno and other parties to submit analyses about what caused and contributed to the San Bruno disaster, which took eight lives and decimated a neighborhood. Read More
PG&E is a for-profit company that exists to run a system the public depends on. The California Public Utilities Commission is a state regulator that exists to make sure utilities like PG&E are not pulling any fast ones on the public. Read More
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
One effect of the San Bruno explosion is that people are much less amenable to having a massive gas transmission line running through their backyards.
Ever since gas transmission pipeline 132 exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9, destroying dozens of homes and killing eight people, South San Francisco officials have advocated that PG&E move the pipeline that runs through backyards of dozens of homes in their Sunshine Gardens neighborhood. Read More
San Francisco is poised to sue the government agencies tasked with gas pipeline safety for failing to enforce standards that might have prevented last year’s deadly PG&E blast in San Bruno.
In a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Gov. Jerry Brown sent Thursday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced his intent to file suit under the Pipeline Safety Act. Read More
PG&E handed some 225,000 pages of documents pertaining to its pipeline welds to state regulators Monday night.The question now is whether anybody will actually read all of them.Earlier this month, an independent panel tasked with scrutinizing both PG&E and its regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission, questioned whether the CPUC even had the manpower to read through all the documents it is requiring PG&E to turn over. Read More
PG&E Corp. is many things to many people: A power provider. A major employer. A monopoly. A bill collector. A villain.
But a killer?
Legal experts say it is possible that prosecutors could charge the company with involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of eight people in September’s pipeline explosion in San Bruno. But such criminal charges against a corporation are extremely rare. Read More