A group of city officials, consumer advocates and a state lawmaker on Wednesday attacked California regulators’ decision to hire former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to oversee private settlement talks over the deadly pipeline explosion.
Assemblyman Jerry Hill was in San Francisco Monday morning to announce that three bills he authored that focus on natural gas pipeline safety were signed into law over the weekend.
The California Public Utilities Commission is putting pressure on San Francisco to allow Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews to replace miles of cast iron pipes that they said are aging and dangerous.
PG&E president and CEO Tony Earley said Thursday that civil settlements and potential fines stemming from a fatal gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno two years ago could cost the company more than $1 billion.
A senior engineer said he warned Pacific Gas & Electric supervisors about problems with the computer gas pipeline tracking system but he was told to keep using it.
A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. memo from a few years before the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion suggested that managers might want to consider downgrading leaks found on natural gas lines, instead of fixing them.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said a pipeline strength test the company performed in 1956 damaged a weld and led to the 2010 explosion in San Bruno that left eight people dead and destroyed dozens of homes.
The San Bruno City Council is taking three options into consideration over what to do with the pipeline involved in the 2010 blast that killed eight people.
The California Public Utilities Commission confirmed Thursday that PG&E will be fined nearly $17 million for irregularities in the utility’s gas pipeline safety testing in Contra Costa County.
A natural gas transmission line, which ruptured in Woodside last week, has been retested.