Questions Remain One Year After Deadly PG&E Explosion


Residents of San Bruno are still questioning Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s failure to keep accurate records for pipeline inspections that led to a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion.

The National Transportation Safety Board last week said PG&E’s “litany of failures” led to the explosion. The board found that substandard welds and other problems dating to the 1956 installation of the pipeline were the direct cause of the accident. The company’s inadequate inspection program for pipelines, which allowed the bad welds and other weaknesses to go undetected, also contributed, the board said.

PG&E President Chris Johns said in a statement to The Associated Press that the company remains deeply sorry and is working hard to improve the safety, quality and performance of its gas system.

“After the San Bruno tragedy, PG&E will never be the same company,” Johns said. “We are committed for the long term to helping the community rebuild, to learning from this experience and to making the necessary changes in our culture and operating practices to operate our pipeline system as safely as possible.”

Some residents have not been reimbursed for the loss of property, and are afraid of rebuilding in the area. Of the 38 homes destroyed in the explosion, none have been repaired.

Last month, it was revealed that PG&E had ignored warnings from employees of pipeline safety concerns.

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