On September 10, 2010, a gas line operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) exploded sending fireballs into the sky and starting fires that spread over 15 acres. Overall, 7 people have died, over 52 people were injured and 28 houses were destroyed. The blast also left a huge crater and entirely leveled blocks of homes.
On September 21, 2001, PG&E succumbed to pressure from California regulators and released a list of "Top 100" riskiest pipelines along its stretch of 6,700 miles of gas transmission lines. However, the site in San Bruno, California, where this massive explosion occurred was NOT even on the list.
PG&E had said it is conducting an ongoing investigation to determine the cause of the explosion.
"If it is ultimately determined that we were responsible for the cause of the accident, we will take accountability," the company had said.
As PG&E was solely responsible for the maintenance and safety of these admittedly very old gas lines, there is little doubt as to where the ultimate responsibility for this tragic disaster resides.
If you or anyone you know has been injured in this disaster or in any such gas or electric accidents, call Steinbrecher and Associates today at 800-571-9333 or send an email here.