The 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion has officially been opened for legal investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission. The explosion, which destroyed a total of 38 homes, killed eight people, and injured several more, is now under the scrutiny of new investigative findings.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued reports in August addressing the nature of the fire, claiming that a multitude of failures on behalf of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company are responsible for the explosion.
Now, these reports have gained the full attention of lawyers in the court proceedings stemming from the fire. In fact, legal counsel for the more than 50 plaintiffs who are involved in the case is seeking permission to use the reports as evidence.
The findings of the federal investigators have even been supplemented with reports from CPUC's staff. These statements reflect similar ones to those of the NTSB report, essentially claiming that the natural gas line blowup was due – in part – to "systematic failures" of PG&E. Included were claims of the company's emphasis on profit over safety, shoddy record keeping, failure to follow industry practices and federal safety laws, as well as unreliable emergency response practices.
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