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PG&E Issued Deadline On Pipeline Records

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View of ruptured section of the San Bruno pipeline that caused an explosion, September 9, 2010, with an investigator cleaning a fracture surface. (NTSB)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators said Pacific Gas and Electric Co., owner of the gas pipeline that exploded in San Bruno last year, has a two-month deadline to make sure its records are accurate and up-to-date.

The California Public Utilities Commission gave PG&E the deadline on Thursday. It told the company to follow federal directives to identify all transmission lines that haven’t undergone testing for safe operating pressures.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still probing what caused the Sept. 9 explosion, which sparked a gigantic fireball that killed eight and destroyed dozens of homes in San Bruno.

The board said last week that if PG&E can’t figure out safe pressure levels using old records or drawings, the utility should perform high-pressure water tests.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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