January 2011 Vol. 238 No. 1


Beyond San Bruno: An Industry Takes Stock

The energy pipeline industry works 24/7 to avoid “wake-up calls,” but when one comes, there is an obligation recognized by all segments to answer or find answers. That situation was no different in the wake of September’s natural gas transmission pipeline rupture in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno. While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) are conducting their own investigations, as is the pipeline operator, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), all of the industry is searching for assurances the tragedy that killed eight people and destroyed or damaged more than 50 homes will not ha

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