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Lawyer Who Stepped Down From San Bruno Case Cites ‘Unlawful Recommendations’ by CPUC

June 6, 2013 | 12:02 pm

Lawyer Who Stepped Down From San Bruno Case Cites ‘Unlawful Recommendations’ by CPUC

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by Jon Brooks and Laird Harrison Robert Cagen, a California Public Utilities Commission lawyer who was working on the penalty case against PG&E relating to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, emailed KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler today with the following: “I personally could not continue working on the San Bruno penalty briefs because I concluded […]

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CPUC Legal Team Removed from San Bruno Fire Investigation

June 5, 2013 | 3:38 pm

CPUC Legal Team Removed from San Bruno Fire Investigation

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Update Jun 6: A CPUC lawyer who says he was working on the penalty case against PG&E emailed KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler that “he could not personally continue working on the San Bruno penalty briefs because I concluded that the CPSD recommendations that were to be made in the briefs were unlawful and contrary to […]

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San Bruno Mosaic Commemorates Victims of PG&E Gas Fire

March 25, 2013 | 12:31 pm

San Bruno Mosaic Commemorates Victims of PG&E Gas Fire

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by Francesca Segre Members of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in San Bruno are celebrating a new mosaic mural that commemorates the lives and homes lost in the 2010 gas pipeline explosion. Of the eight people who died in the gas explosion and fire, three were members of the Bullis family, who attend Bethany Presbyterian Church. […]

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San Bruno Says PG&E Coming Back to Table Due to Bad Publicity; PG&E Says Not Really

February 15, 2012 | 2:20 pm

San Bruno Says PG&E Coming Back to Table Due to Bad Publicity; PG&E Says Not Really

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Update 1:25 p.m. The city of San Bruno and PG&E today seemed to be at loggerheads — an extreme euphemism, perhaps — when the city announced that PG&E had walked away from negotiations on compensating San Bruno for the 2010 pipeline disaster. But at a press conference, which was originally scheduled to discuss the breakdown […]

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PG&E Says It’s Liable for the San Bruno Pipeline Accident; Victims’ Attorneys Unimpressed

December 13, 2011 | 8:12 pm

PG&E Says It’s Liable for the San Bruno Pipeline Accident; Victims’ Attorneys Unimpressed

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Update 8:10 p.m.: Per this Bay Area News Group article, attorneys for San Bruno victims are unimpressed with PG&E’s mea culpa: (V)ictims’ attorneys questioned whether the announcement is a genuine act of contrition or just a publicity stunt intended to rehabilitate the company’s bruised image. Frank Pitre, who represents many of the victims, said it’s […]

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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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More Than a Year After Explosion, San Bruno’s Glenview Drive Reopens

October 13, 2011 | 2:51 pm

More Than a Year After Explosion, San Bruno’s Glenview Drive Reopens

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“Let’s take a walk,” Mayor Jim Ruane of San Bruno said to the gathered crowd. It was Wednesday morning, and the mayor was inviting residents of the Crestmoor neighborhood to be the first to walk on the part of Glenview Drive damaged in the conflagration caused by a PG&E gas pipeline exploding, more than a […]

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Sen. Rand Paul on Why He’s Single-Handedly Blocking Pipeline Safety Legislation

September 28, 2011 | 11:20 am

Sen. Rand Paul on Why He’s Single-Handedly Blocking Pipeline Safety Legislation

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Avowed libertarian Rand Paul of Kentucky is single-handedly blocking legislation in the Senate meant to address some of the deficiencies in pipeline regulation that contributed to the San Bruno disaster last year. The bill, called the Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011, has nearly unanimous support in the Senate, plus the backing of industry. […]

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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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