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"The industry always says that if you take care of pipelines, they'll last forever," Weimer said. [Weimer is the executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group]. "But what we see over and over again is companies are not doing that and corrosion and other factors are causing failures."
And once a high-pressure pipeline fails, he added, anything can trigger a deadly blast. A cigarette or rocks smashing as high-pressure gas shoots by. Even someone answering a cell phone can cause a spark, because it is battery-powered, Weimer said.
The National Transportation Safety Board's final report said PG&E used a wrong pipe to repair the gas line two years before the explosion [in December of 2008] . Rancho Cordova residents had reported of a gas smell in the area before the blast.
In response to the NTSB's findings, the company said it had taken "extraordinary measures" to ensure a blast like that would never happen again.
...PG&E inspected the gas line before and after the sewer work, and found no problems. The utility's crews checked for corrosion in November 2009 as part of a five-year routine checks of all high-pressure transmission lines, and they conducted more routine annual inspections in March 2009 and March 2010...
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it has set aside up to $100 million to help San Bruno, California residents recover from last week's natural gas pipeline explosion. The utility said Monday it will help residents with immediate cash payments and pay for costs that aren't covered by insurance. Residents will get $15,000, $25,000 or $50,000 depending on the damage to their homes.
(09-13) 19:43 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- State regulators will take their first look today at a proposal backed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that would require customers to pay all costs of catastrophic fires, such as last week's gas-line explosion in San Bruno, that exceed a utility's insurance coverage.
It's not clear whether the plan, if approved by the state Public Utilities Commission, would trigger a PG&E rate increase to help pay the utility's cost from Thursday's disaster. In a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the utility said it has $992 million in fire insurance and a $10 million deductible, and "believes that most of the costs related to the San Bruno event will be covered."
Even if the company has enough insurance, however, the proposal would make rate hikes more likely if PG&E caused fires in the near future.
Originally posted by Esoteric Teacher
reply to post by mistafaz
i think it is time for america to start spending more money on infrastructure of america, rather than infrastructure in other countries.