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PG&E Fixing Woodside Pipe That Failed Pressure Test

November 7, 2011 | 10:44 am

PG&E Fixing Woodside Pipe That Failed Pressure Test

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Engineers with PG&E are figuring out how best to remove and replace a two-foot-long section of gas pipeline in Woodside that burst after failing a pressure test on Sunday. It’s a section of Line 132: the ill-fated conduit that exploded under a neighborhood in San Bruno in September 2010, leveling homes and killing eight people. […]

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November 7, 2011 | 8:33 am

A.M. Splash: PG&E Pipe Ruptures; CSU Faculty Plans Brief Walkout; Chinatown Politics

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PG&E pipe ruptures, causing I-280 landslide (SF Chronicle) A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. natural gas pipeline ruptured Sunday afternoon during a high-pressure water test that ripped a hole in a Peninsula hillside, sending a deluge of mud and rocks onto Interstate 280 and partially closing the freeway for four hours. CSU faculty members plan […]

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September 26, 2011 | 3:22 pm

NTSB Releases Final San Bruno Report, Video

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The NTSB has released its final, 140-page report on the San Bruno disaster (pdf) of a year ago. Here is the Executive Summary, Investigation Synopsis, and 28 Findings, which were released last month at a scathing hearing on the causes of the accident. That capped an agency investigation that pinned the blame squarely on organizational […]

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San Bruno Stories: “They cut corners, took shortcuts, looked for ways to interpret federal law in a manner that would benefit them financially”

September 9, 2011 | 12:31 pm

San Bruno Stories: “They cut corners, took shortcuts, looked for ways to interpret federal law in a manner that would benefit them financially”

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Jerry Hill is a California State Assemblymember representing San Mateo County, where San Bruno lies. Below he reflects on the disaster and on PG&E’s and the California Public Utilities Commission’s culpability. An edited transcript follows the audio. Audio: Jerry Hill reflects on San Bruno disaster I was driving north on highway 101, going to present […]

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San Bruno Stories: “She’s screaming into her cell phone, and all I heard was screaming”

September 9, 2011 | 11:14 am

San Bruno Stories: “She’s screaming into her cell phone, and all I heard was screaming”

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September 9 marks the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire in which eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. Leading up to the anniversary, KQED has been interviewing survivors of the disaster. This is Part 5. Click here for Parts 1-4. Bill Magoolaghan’s wife, Betty, was eight months pregnant […]

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San Bruno Stories: “I knew our house and the greatest cats in the world were gone, but I was smiling…”

September 8, 2011 | 2:58 pm

San Bruno Stories: “I knew our house and the greatest cats in the world were gone, but I was smiling…”

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September 9 will mark the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire in which eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. Leading up to the anniversary, KQED is interviewing survivors of the disaster. This is Part 4; click here for Parts 1-3. Gene O’Neil has lived in San Bruno for […]

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San Bruno Stories: “The kids ask, ‘why was the fire on our house?’”

September 6, 2011 | 1:13 pm

San Bruno Stories: “The kids ask, ‘why was the fire on our house?’”

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September 9 will mark the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire in which eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. Leading up to the anniversary, Amy Standen of KQED QUEST is interviewing survivors of the disaster. This is Part 3; click here for Parts 1 and 2. Phil Perserchio […]

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Morning Splash: 7 Gas Leaks Found Near Cupertino Explosion; Oakland Crime Woes; Dems, Retailers Pan Amazon Offer on Sales Tax

September 2, 2011 | 7:47 am

Morning Splash: 7 Gas Leaks Found Near Cupertino Explosion; Oakland Crime Woes; Dems, Retailers Pan Amazon Offer on Sales Tax

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PG&E finds 7 gas leaks near Cupertino explosion that burned home (San Jose Mercury News) A day after federal investigators chastised PG&E for “a “litany of failures” in last year’s San Bruno blast, a loud explosion blew away a Cupertino home’s garage door, and several underground gas pipes in the area were found leaking, authorities […]

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San Bruno Stories: “I didn’t want to die. But then I go, whatever, I didn’t want my kids to die.”

August 29, 2011 | 12:29 pm

San Bruno Stories: “I didn’t want to die. But then I go, whatever, I didn’t want my kids to die.”

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September 9 will mark the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire in which eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. Leading up to the anniversary, Amy Standen of KQED QUEST is interviewing survivors of the disaster. On Sept 9, 2010, Kevin Ashley was home with his two children on […]

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Incoming PG&E CEO to be One of Nation’s Highest-Paid Utility Execs

August 9, 2011 | 6:13 pm

Incoming PG&E CEO to be One of Nation’s Highest-Paid Utility Execs

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Documents published on Tuesday detail PG&E’s compensation plans for its new CEO, Anthony Earley. Earley, a Michigan energy executive, begins his new job on September 13. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show that Earley’s 2011 earnings will make him one of the highest paid utility executives in the country. Earley will make about $2.8 million […]

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