SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high-level, independent probing last year’s deadly California pipeline explosion says urgent reforms are needed to fix ongoing problems at the pipeline company and inside a state utility commission.

Panelists told the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday that the blast was a consequence of multiple management and oversight weaknesses at Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The panelists also say the utility commission lacked the resources to monitor the company’s pipeline safety work and failed to pay enough attention to concerns about PG&E’s performance.

The Sept. 9 explosion in San Bruno killed seven people and sparked a fireball that torched 38 homes in the hills overlooking San Francisco Bay.

PG&E did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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  1. Landsnekt says:

    Lets see, PG&E did not do thier job. California PUC approves all the rate hikes that PG&E wants with little questions or oversight. Sounds like the California PUC has failed us. Time to replace all the members of the PUC with another set of people independent of PG&E.

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