One of the most nagging offshoots of the San Bruno, CA, natural gas transmission pipeline tragedy was that in the immediate aftermath and the hot glow of federal, state and utility investigations, the operator, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), had no credible information on the section of pipe that failed. Worse yet, this turned out to be not just an isolated case.
Bruce Munro is a busy man. At 60, T.G. Mercer’s executive vice president of field operations is tanned and restless, juggling phone calls and emails even when he’s theoretically out of touch. Looking for a few moments of free time to answer questions, he suggested between 2 and 4 a.m. “Those times, I really don’t have anything going,” he jokes.