Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said a former chairman with the National Transportation Safety Board will help oversee its safety improvements in response to last year’s deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
There was no early indication regarding cost, but it was expected that the company would seek a rate increase to cover it.
The California Public Utilities Commission could soon be under more pressure to address pipeline safety issues in the wake of a number of natural gas explosions. A new bill introduced by Assemblymen Paul Fong and Jerry Hill would require mandatory implementation of NTSB safety recommendations.
A small plane’s engines were at near full power when it crashed last year in an East Palo Alto neighborhood, killing the three Tesla Motors employees on board, according to federal investigators.
The report placed the majority of the blame on PG&E for the San Bruno explosion.
A 10th person died overnight from injuries suffered Friday in the nation’s deadliest air racing disaster, a crash that also sent about 70 people to Reno-area hospitals.
Just days before the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion, a new federal draft report on the safety of the natural gas industry is coming under question.
Federal investigators were looking into the explosion of a leaky Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas pipeline in Cupertino that damaged a condominium.
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.