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.
An independent panel appointed by the California Public Utilities Commission issued a report Thursday blasting PG&E’s technical competence and pipeline integrity management.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has started sending out informational letters and safety brochures to 2.5 million homeowners and businesses near natural gas transmission pipelines.
Officials at Pacific Gas & Electric say the utility on Monday provided records and other information as part of its response to a state Public Utilities Commission investigation into last year’s deadly San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.
PG&E reached a settlement Thursday in San Francisco with the California Public Utilities Commission, which now requires the utility giant to release safety reports of its gas transmission lines.
Under questioning this week by the state Public Utilities Commission, PG&E officials maintained that inspectors have found no other pipelines with the same conditions as Line 132, which blew up last September, killing eight people.
A Peninsula Assemblyman is highly critical of a fine agreement between the CPUC and PG&E.
If the utility can’t prove that its pipelines are safe, it may need to inspect and possibly even replace hundreds of miles of lines in California.
A Peninsula assemblyman criticized the California Public Utilities Commission for allowing safety lapses before the San Bruno explosion that killed 8 people and destroyed dozens of homes.
A Bay Area lawmaker is vowing to re-introduce her pipeline safety bill when the new Congress convenes this week.