Calif. Gas Pipe That Exploded Ranked High Risk

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility spokesman confirms the section of pipe near San Francisco categorized as high-risk in company documents was on the same line as the segment that exploded in a deadly fireball over a suburban neighborhood.


Documents obtained by The Associated Press showed that Pacific Gas & Electric submitted paperwork to regulators that said a section of the same gas line was within “the top 100 highest risk line sections” in the utility’s service territory.

PG&E spokesman Andrew Souvall did not immediately say whether records showed any complaints from San Bruno residents in the days leading up the blast, or when the section that ruptured had last been inspected. But he said the segment farther north was checked for leaks on September 10 and none were found.

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  1. Mark Anthony Martin says:

    Has anyone considered the fact that this entire neighborhood was built on the San Andreas Fault. And then the city planners in there genius placed a large natural gas line under the community. And now the gas line has exploded. Is this really surprising?

  2. vudu says:

    It may or may not have had anything to do with the faultline nearby…. but you’re right, it probobly did. I expect utilities everywhere are already starting to plan for the inevitable tighter government regulations coming their way over this incident.

  3. Jeffery Scism says:

    WE have the Cal-Nev pipeline on our Property, it has exploded before three miles north of us, when Macy Street was burned.

  4. andy.a says:

    uhh can sum1 say how many peeps die cuz i need to do tis 4 a homework thing

  5. andy.a says:

    also how many houses burnded down and people injured ok thx for that help

  6. Jeffery Scism says:

    As of last night there were 7 dead and 4 missing.

  7. Ira says:

    Burbank has a big gas pipeline that follows the metro link train track through town.

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