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Plaintiffs Demand That Pipeline Company Improve Safety Procedures as Part of Settlement From California Pipeline Explosion

January 30th, 2013

According to reports, PG&E must strengthen its gas pipeline safety regimen as part of a lawsuit settlement with a family that lost a mother and daughter in the deadly 2010 explosion. Sources say the agreement with the family forces the company to keep a closer eye on the life span of its pipelines, which will help prevent another San Bruno-type disaster. Reportedly, the exact amount of the settlement is confidential.

Reportedly, 8 people were killed in the explosion of a PG&E pipe that destroyed 38 homes. The attorney for two individuals killed in the explosion stressed that the family was very adamant that something good come from the tragedy, so the death of their family members would not be in vain. Sources say the settlement requires the utility to calculate a minimum safe life span for pipes in populated areas, which will enable PG&E to identify weakened lines and replace them before they become dangerous. Under the agreement, the company will report directly to the Plaintiffs on the company’s progress. Sources say the Plaintiffs also retained the right to demand an audit of the company’s progress on the work. Reportedly, the family can prompt mediation talks if they conclude the utility is not keeping up its end of the bargain. PG&E issued a statement saying, “We believe that the best way to honor the victims of the accident is to fulfill our goal of operating the safest gas pipeline system in the country.”

According to federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, PG&E committed a series of mistakes that caused the explosion. Authorities said the company maintained such bad records it didn’t know certain key features of the ill-fated pipe that ran beneath the San Bruno neighborhood.

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