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Tag: NTSB

March 2, 2011 | 9:00 am

“Duration of Fire” Called Inconsquential in PG&E Memo Rejecting Shut-Off Valves

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The National Transportation Safety Board began three days of hearings yesterday on last September’s natural gas pipeline disaster in San Bruno. Highlights of the first day’s testimony center on PG&E’s admission that after a 2006 review of automatic and remotely operated pipeline-shutoff valves, it decided that the devices wouldn’t do much to protect life or […]

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Morning Splash: Hearing Reveals PG&E San Bruno Chaos; Harris Weighs in For Same-Sex Marriage

March 2, 2011 | 7:52 am

Morning Splash: Hearing Reveals PG&E San Bruno Chaos; Harris Weighs in For Same-Sex Marriage

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Confusion and chaos at PG&E on night of San Bruno explosion (Bay Area News Group) …On Tuesday, nearly six months after the tragedy, federal investigators released thousands of pages of documents that provide the first public look behind the scenes at the confusion, chaos and high-stakes decisions occurring in PG&E’s nerve center as the disaster […]

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Morning Splash: NTSB Chair Rips PG&E, State Parks on Chopping Block

January 27, 2011 | 7:37 am

Morning Splash: NTSB Chair Rips PG&E, State Parks on Chopping Block

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San Bruno fire: NTSB chair rips PG&E’s records (SF Chronicle) Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s record-keeping blunders leading up to the San Bruno natural-gas explosion indicate the need for “a new perspective on safety culture” throughout the industry, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. Deborah Hersman described how her investigators learned […]

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January 21, 2011 | 4:55 pm

NTSB Says Burst San Bruno Pipe Had Faulty Welds

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KQED’s radio report: From the San Jose Mercury News: A federal report issued Friday said the natural gas pipe that ruptured in San Bruno on Sept. 9, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes, had numerous flawed welds, and some experts said the pipe did not meet the welding standards in place when it was […]

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January 3, 2011 | 1:07 pm

NTSB Issues “Urgent Safety Recommendations” And Hearing Related to San Bruno Disaster

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The National Transportation Safety Board, which is in the middle of an investigation into the causes of the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, issued a press advisory this afternoon outlining urgent recommendations related to discrepancies between the type of pipe and welds indicated in PG&E’s records and the type of pipe and welds actually in […]

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NTSB Investigation Update on San Bruno Explosion

December 14, 2010 | 2:44 pm

NTSB Investigation Update on San Bruno Explosion

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UPDATE 12:00 P.M. The Chronicle has gleaned some new info from the NTSB update on its investigation into the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire. …The report does…express concern about the “seam weld” in the ruptured section of pipe, which was installed in 1956. The pipeline that ruptured was constructed – as all pipes […]

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