Appears as if the Feds have determined what happened in San Bruno.
Basically, some electrical box failed 40 miles away in Milpitas and the result was death and destruction in San Bruno. They’re still working on why the steel was so weak. Expect a full report next year sometime…
A shot from the aftermath from photographer David Yu
First up is PG&E’s reply to today’s release, filled with palliative cliches. I mean, you can skip it as it probably isn’t aimed at informing you of anything:
“SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13 — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued the following statement today from President Chris Johns in response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) release of its preliminary report on the pipeline accident in San Bruno, California, on September 9, 2010:
“We thank the National Transportation Safety Board for today’s release of its preliminary report on the tragedy in San Bruno. Although a final report and a conclusive set of findings are likely to be many months down the road, this initial release of information is an essential first step. We welcome it, and appreciate the painstaking efforts of the NTSB experts to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation to determine the root cause of this terrible accident.
“It is critical to the people of San Bruno, our customers and the industry that we get to the bottom of this accident and take the necessary steps to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.
“With that goal in mind, PG&E will continue to do everything we can to cooperate with and supportthe NTSB’s investigation.
“Our pledge to everyone who relies on PG&E to operate our gas infrastructure safely and securely is that we will take any and all appropriate steps to ensure we’re meeting this fundamental commitment.
“Since the accident, we’ve re-inspected the three major pipelines that serve the San Francisco Peninsula. We are in the process of conducting aerial inspections and ground leak surveys of our entire gas transmission system. And we continue to take steps to share information about our system with public officials, first responders and our customers.
“We continue to extend our support and our sympathies to the San Bruno community and the residents affected by this tragedy.”
And next up is the NTSB Report itself. It’s accessible. See it after the jump