February 2011, Vol. 238 No. 2

In The News

NTSB Issues 'Urgent' Recommendations In Wake Of San Bruno Explosion

Federal safety officials probing the San Bruno natural gas blast issued several “urgent” recommendations Jan. 3 designed to improve gas pipeline safety. The September blast in the San Francisco suburb killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. The National Transportation Safety Board, which issued the recommendations, has not determined the cause of the blast. The three key recommendations to local utilities are: 1) Conduct an intensive records search to identify all the gas transmission lines that had not previously undergone a testing regimen designed to validate a safe operating pressure; 2) Determine the maximum operating pressure based on the weakest se

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