Pacific Gas & Electricity Co. has been blamed for the gas line explosion that destroyed over a hundred homes in a San Bruno neighborhood and injured dozens of residents last year. A federal investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board says PG&E is to blame after, for nearly half a century, the company failed to properly maintain the gas line.
The investigative report by NTSB says that the company installed substandard pipes approximately 50 years ago. PG&E did not conduct proper visual inspections or pressure tests and therefore never noticed the problem. The NTSB claims that the company also placed a maximum gas pressure limit on the line that was too high for the type of pipe installed.
The NTSB also blames PG&E for allowing the gas to leak for nearly an hour longer than it should have if the company’s control room operators informed 911 of the source of the rupture.
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