As federal officials began investigating Monday’s crash of an empty tanker into the Bay Bridge, records showed that the ship’s pilot has been involved in other Bay Area accidents and was once denied license renewal due to an unspecified medical condition. Read More
PG&E did not cut corners on pipeline welds to reduce costs, according to a report released Wednesday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
The report comes as the utility company has faced increased scrutiny of its practices in the wake of the 2010 fatal gas pipeline blast in San Bruno. Read More
PG&E — the utility responsible for the deadly and destructive 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno — wants to earn back your trust.
A television spot that began airing last week depicts CEO Tony Earley openly admitting that he took the helm of a company that had “lost its way.” Read More
In a blistering criticism of federal oversight of natural gas pipelines — including the San Bruno line that ruptured in 2010, killing eight people and leveling an entire neighborhood — San Francisco Tuesday sued the nation’s top regulator. Read More
The profits of gas utilities would be directly tied to their safety records if new legislation inspired by the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion becomes law.State Assemblyman Jerry Hill, whose San Mateo County district includes the site of the explosion and fire that killed eight people, introduced the legislation Monday after a news conference on the steps of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. Read More
A state law containing stricter guidelines for natural gas pipeline operators is set to take effect on Jan. 1.
Assembly Bill 56 by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will require utilities to install remote-controlled shut-off valves on pipelines that run through highly populated areas. Read More
The utility company responsible for last year’s deadly pipeline explosion on a quiet suburban street in San Bruno announced Tuesday it’s claiming financial liability.
However, residents affected by the blast say that’s not enough, and many still think PG&E needs to pay for what it did to the neighborhood. Residents said they plan to hold the company responsible for punitive damages by pursuing their original lawsuits. Read More
In 1911 the Railroad Commission of California was established because an outraged public demanded there be some regulation of the powerful rail barons that had repeatedly proved they were incapable of regulating themselves. Read More
Three dozen 5- and 6-year-olds sat around the pitcher’s mound on a baseball diamond behind Bessie Carmichael School on Thursday as Mayor Ed Lee read them “Curious George at the Baseball Game,” surrounded by cameras and microphones.Some children picked flowers; others stared nervously at the adults visiting their South of Market school. But they listened politely, clapping, cheering and raising their hands when prompted. Read More