San Francisco Files ‘Notice of Intent’ To Sue CPUC Over Pipeline Safety

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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)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS/AP) – The city of San Francisco has filed a “notice of intent” to sue both the California Public Utilities Commission and federal regulators over what they say was a failure to enforce pipeline safety laws.

The action stems from last September’s San Bruno pipeline explosion.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he sent a “notice of intent” on Thursday to the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor reports:

“San Francisco has three major gas lines that converge in the southeast sector of the city. One of them is an extension of the very line that led to the San Bruno disaster,” Herrera said.

The letter is precursor to a suit that would seek a federal court order to enforce federal pipeline laws in what Herrera described as “an effective manner.”

Herrera said Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the utility that operates a natural gas transmission line that exploded in September in San Bruno, operates three major gas transmission lines in San Francisco.

The explosion last fall killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes.

Federal pipeline officials said they were reviewing the letter, but declined to comment. CPUC officials have yet to comment.

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