At 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, Michael Hickey stood outside his front door, staring to the south, where smoke was pouring into the sky like water from a hose.
He knew just what to do.
Within moments, he was driving to the PG&E yard where he works. He called his supervisors, he rallied his co-workers, he picked up his truck and his tools. He waited there for instructions from his superiors, but when none came, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Read More
The section of pipeline that exploded in San Bruno in September had been inspected regularly for years, and no red flags ever arose, Pacific Gas & Electric officials have said.But experts say the method of inspection PG&E used for that pipeline — and the vast majority of its other lines — is inadequate to detect a whole host of dangers that could have led the pipe to burst. Read More