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PG&E Amends Filing, Doesn’t Blame San Bruno Blast Victims

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Firefighters douse a massive fire, following an explosion in a San Bruno neighborhood on September 9, 2010. (AP)

Firefighters douse a massive fire, following an explosion in a San Bruno neighborhood on September 9, 2010. (AP)

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SAN BRUNO (CBS / AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said a court filing in response to lawsuits over the fatal San Bruno pipeline explosion was not intended to hold victims at fault in any way for the blast.

PG&E said Tuesday it was filing an amended response to dozens of lawsuits explicitly spelling out that the utility did not blame the plaintiffs.

Both the original and amended complaints do not respond to specific allegations but offer a litany of defenses PG&E could use at trial. Some of the defenses suggest others may be at fault.

>>Photo Gallery: San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

PG&E said in the amended filing that because a cause of the accident has yet to be determined the utility is offering a general response to avoid delaying the litigation.

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