The exact corner where the San Bruno gas pipeline blew a crater in the ground was singled out by PG&E nearly two decades ago as an area of “possible slope instability” because it skirted the powerful and active San Andreas fault so closely.
But despite identifying it as a hazardous site, Pacific Gas and Electric chose not to replace that section of pipe in the mid-1990s when they replaced almost all the pipe around it. 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
At 6:26 p.m. on Sept. 9, one of the operators manning PG&E’s lines in the San Francisco natural-gas control room looked at the clock and wondered why it was moving so slowly.
It had been a long day — major problems had cropped up when engineers tried to fix a broken piece of equipment in Milpitas, and it was taking serious time and attention to resolve. A colleague called up and the pair talked about the approaching quitting time, which apparently couldn’t arrive quick enough. Read More
In defending themselves as they were being grilled by federal investigators about a lack of automatic shut-off valves near the site of the San Bruno pipeline explosion, PG&E officials warned that abruptly stopping gas flow comes with its own set of potential dangers. Read More
The raging gas fire that completely leveled a San Bruno neighborhood after a pipeline explosion in September could have been controlled sooner if automatic shutoff valves had been installed, it was revealed at a federal hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Read More
Federal investigators are grilling PG&E officials Tuesday morning on the company’s response to the Sept. 9 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, its risk management programs, and the impact automatic or remote shut-off valves could have had on reducing the damage. 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