NTSB Releases Full Report on PG&E’s San Bruno Natural Gas ExplosionSep 26th, 2011 | By fjgallagher | Category: Lead Articles, Natural Gas Explosions
A few weeks ago, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report ripping the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) and citing decades of mismanagement as the probable cause of the massive natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno, CA, on Sept. 9, 2010.
NTSB Chairperson Deborah Hersman also called out the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency ostensibly charged with overseeing PG&E’s pipeline safety efforts, for failing to adequately police the utility.
“Our investigation revealed that for years, PG&E exploited weaknesses in a lax system of oversight,” Hersman said in a prepared statement. “We also identified regulators that placed a blind trust in the companies that they were charged with overseeing to the detriment of public safety.”
Well, now the entire report has been released — all 140 pages of it. You can read it here.
If you’ve got the time, give it a read; it’s a compelling story of corporate hubris and bureaucratic lethargy that resulted in a tragedy of epic proportion.
And the truly sad thing is, it can — and probably will — happen again, given the tattered state of our country’s natural gas infrastructure.