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.
A gas leak has caused the evacuation of five homes and blocked off several streets in the Hamilton area of Novato Friday afternoon, a Novato Fire Protection District battalion chief said.
A gas leak in Brentwood evacuated a nearby apartment building Tuesday, a PG&E spokesman said.
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.
It took about five hours, but Pacific Gas and Electric crews were able to cap a gas leak in El Cerrito Wednesday morning, which caused residents in four homes to be evacuated.
As Pacific Gas & Electric Co. faces a criminal investigation and lawsuits over the 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, the utility’s new leadership is rolling out a campaign to regain public trust.
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.