Can Technology Improve Natural Gas Pipeline Safety?

The natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno California is a tragic accident no one wants to see repeated.  Recently Pacific Gas & Electric reported to the California Public Utility Commission that it found a dangerous leak on a Contra Costa County gas distribution line that has never been surveyed even though such inspections are Read more about Can Technology Improve Natural Gas Pipeline Safety?[…]

Could Disruptive Technology Prevent another San Bruno Gas Pipeline Disaster?

I live in the San Francisco Bay area where a year ago a horrible natural gas pipeline explosion ripped through a suburban community killing people and destroying a neighborhood.  All across America the headline news stories and video of the  San Bruno explosion sent chills down the spine as every homeowner watched wondering if that Read more about Could Disruptive Technology Prevent another San Bruno Gas Pipeline Disaster?[…]

Regulatory Lessons from San Bruno

PG&E has been battered repeatedly over the natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. Tragic as that incident is from a personal standpoint for those directly affected and from a community point of view, the question before the CPUC is whether the actions of PG&E as a regulated utility subject to the jurisdiction of the Read more about Regulatory Lessons from San Bruno[…]

Lessons from San Bruno

Regulatory CYA over the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion is playing politics with the tragedy to insure that the public does not blame regulators for lax oversight. Make no mistake about it, the explosion of the PG&E high pressure natural gas pipeline in San Bruno, California is a tragic loss of life and property.  It Read more about Lessons from San Bruno[…]

PG&E Hammered Over San Bruno Pipeline Safety

“WHATEVER WAS left of PG&E‘s credibility evaporated with a stunning revelation by federal safety inspectors on Tuesday (12/14/10). They raised serious questions about welds that held together the utility’s pipeline that exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9, killing eight people and destroying 35 homes. Amazingly, PG&E’s records indicated that the section of pipe that Read more about PG&E Hammered Over San Bruno Pipeline Safety[…]

Lessons from San Bruno Gas Pipeline Explosion

The natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno California was as scary as it was tragic.  NTSB investigators are busy trying to figure out what happened to cause the explosion as the survivors try to make sense of it.  State regulators also initiated their own regulatory supervisory review. We need to let them do their Read more about Lessons from San Bruno Gas Pipeline Explosion[…]