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.
A natural gas pipeline that was undergoing safety testing burst open Sunday afternoon, sending water, mud and rocks across northbound Interstate Highway 280 at Farm Hill Boulevard.
PG&E crews were working to replace a damaged section of gas transmission pipeline that ruptured during a pressure test in the Bakersfield area on Monday, a utility spokeswoman said Tuesday.
PG&E officials want Belmont residents to know that if they smell gas Wednesday, it’s not an emergency. The smell is coming from crews working on a pipeline on Ralston Avenue.
Following a scathing NTSB report that placed fault on the utility, PG&E is trying to figure out how to pay for the estimated $2 billion in necessary improvements.
Findings in the draft final report, which were publicly discussed for the first time Tuesday by the five-member board, indicate that flawed pipe, operations and oversight led to the disaster.