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Morning Splash: PG&E Pipeline Ending in SF Has Problems Similar to San Bruno Line

April 11, 2011 | 7:59 am

Morning Splash: PG&E Pipeline Ending in SF Has Problems Similar to San Bruno Line

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PG&E’s Line 109 also seen as posing safety risks (SF Chronicle) The other pipeline that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has long relied on to deliver natural gas up the Peninsula has problems similar to the ruptured line in San Bruno – flawed or missing records and at-risk welds, including 80-year-old technology recognized as prone […]

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CPUC Proposes Fining PG&E $3 Million for Incomplete Pipeline Documentation

March 24, 2011 | 2:28 pm

CPUC Proposes Fining PG&E $3 Million for Incomplete Pipeline Documentation

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The CPUC today proposed fining PG&E $3 million for being out of compliance with its order to justify the pressure levels on older, untested segments of its gas pipeline. An additional $3 million fine would be held in suspension, pending PG&E coming into full compliance with the order. PG&E spokesperson Terrie Prosper said that the […]

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Interview: CPUC Executive Director Slams PG&E Documentation Filing, Calling it “Amazing”

March 17, 2011 | 1:14 pm

Interview: CPUC Executive Director Slams PG&E Documentation Filing, Calling it “Amazing”

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On Tuesday, PG&E made a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission that was supposed to provide documentation justifying pressure levels on untested segments of its gas pipeline. The order stemmed from the NTSB’s discovery that the company’s documentation related to the exploded section of pipe in San Bruno incorrectly showed the pipe as seamless, […]

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Interview: CPUC Might Take “Immediate Action” After PG&E Document Dump Tomorrow

March 14, 2011 | 2:42 pm

Interview: CPUC Might Take “Immediate Action” After PG&E Document Dump Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is the deadline for PG&E to submit documentation on its network of gas pipes. The California Public Utilities Commission ordered the company to verify the safety of the pipeline after investigators found that PG&E’s records erroneously showed the pipe segment that exploded in the San Bruno disaster as seamless, when in fact it contained […]

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Post-Mortem on NTSB’s San Bruno Hearings: Drumbeat of Damaging News for PG&E

March 7, 2011 | 4:41 pm

Post-Mortem on NTSB’s San Bruno Hearings: Drumbeat of Damaging News for PG&E

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I know it’s a little late, but I just wanted to do one last wrap-up about the NTSB’s San Bruno hearings last week. Because even though I like my investor-owned regulated monopolies as much as the next guy, and I’m happy with the $25 debit card PG&E recently sent my way, it was hard to […]

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Morning Splash: PG&E Called ‘Wrong-Headed’ on Safety; SF Cops Accused; Anthem Rate Hikes

March 3, 2011 | 7:53 am

Morning Splash: PG&E Called ‘Wrong-Headed’ on Safety; SF Cops Accused; Anthem Rate Hikes

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San Bruno blast: Watchdog criticizes PG&E spikings (SF Chronicle) A top gas-safety regulator for California called Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s practice of intentionally spiking the pressure on older urban gas pipelines “a wrong-headed approach to safety” on Wednesday, and he would not dismiss the possibility that it contributed to the deadly San Bruno explosion. […]

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Live Video: NTSB Hearing on San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

March 3, 2011 | 7:07 am

Live Video: NTSB Hearing on San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

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The final day of the NTSB hearings on the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion is in session. Full hearing agenda Opening statement and PowerPoint presentation by investigator-in-charge Raw video: San Bruno on fire (KTVU) WATCH THE HEARING LIVE

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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: PUC Delayed Audit Critical of PG&E; SF Race Organizer Defends Response

February 10, 2011 | 7:45 am

Morning Splash: PUC Delayed Audit Critical of PG&E; SF Race Organizer Defends Response

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San Bruno blast: PUC’s delay in PG&E audit report (SF Chronicle) A state audit of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s natural gas operations found last spring that the utility was cutting corners in its safety regimen, but regulators did not deliver their findings to the company until more than a month after the deadly San […]

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February 2, 2011 | 6:34 pm

CPUC Orders PG&E to Cut Pressure on Four More Gas Pipelines

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KQED’s Cy Musiker talked to CPUC’s Executive Director Paul Clanon about its order to reduce pressure on four more gas pipelines, as well as about PG&E’s monumental review of pipeline records. Listen here: Dow Jones also has the story.

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