New Details Emerge On San Bruno Pipeline’s Prior Leak

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California utility under fire for a deadly pipeline explosion is revealing that key information it gave federal investigators about past problems on its ruptured gas line is being called into question by some employees.

   Pacific Gas & Electric Co. quietly released a document in May showing that the same transmission line had previously sprung a leak a few miles away. That disclosure came more than eight months after the explosion killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

   But the company revealed this week that its own workers’ accounts challenge the accuracy of that document given to the National Transportation Safety Board.

   The conflicting accounts about the 1988 leak are the latest in a string of concerns about the company’s record-keeping in the wake of the September blast.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Fred

    Sounds like a typical PG&E operation – incompetance papered over with lies and deception. That company should be cut up into chunks and auctioned to other, more competant utility operators, including both the electric andf gas sides

  • John

    So what else is new about these CROOKS!?!?! All energy companies are CROOKS!!! and they are all endorsed by our politicians! It’s like this: if you are doing nothing wrong then accurate accountability will be readily available, but if you are doing something wrong then records will not be available and the companies will use all excuses and an escape goat in the end to absolve themselves of any wrongdoing.

  • John

    oh, yeah and guess what? US, the taxpayers will pay higher rates to cover all these legal costs for the incompetency of all these CROOKS! I’m sure PG&E already filed a petition with the CEC and the CEC will (if not already) approve it! Why will they approve it? BECAUSE THEY ARE APPOINTED COMMISSIONERS! NOT ELECTED BY THE VOTERS!!!

    • Fred

      John, I’m clearly not a fan of PG&E, but I gotta say – you appear to be a moron. First, the CEC has nothing to do with PG&E rates. Rates are approved bu the California Public Utilities’ Commission (CPUC), not the California Energy Commission (CEC). Further, if you read the Bee recently, you would have seen that the CPUC fined PG&E $26 million for blowing up a house in Rancho Cordova. This fine is to come from shareholder profits.

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