The National Transportation Safety Board is issuing its final report on the PG&E pipeline explosion — the worst in a decade — that took the lives of eight people and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno last year. After reviewing 14,000 pages of public record, the NTSB will reveal its conclusions during a hearing today.

Bill Magoolaghan, San Bruno resident whose house was severely damaged from the pipeline explosion
Jim Ruane, mayor of San Bruno
Jackie Speier, U.S. congresswoman (D) representing California's 12th Congressional District
Rick Kuprewicz, pipeline safety expert
Paul Rogers, environment reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and managing editor of Quest, KQED's science and environment series
Jerry Hill, member of the California State Assembly (D) representing the 19th District
Jaxon Van Derbeken, reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle
Amy Standen, reporter for KQED Public Radio

  • Sam

    This case proves that public utilities-especially one with explicit safety issues like gas infrastructure-should be publicly owned and transparent utilities, not for-profit companies. PG&E should be seized by the state as punishment for their irresponsibility and total lack of concern for public safety.

  • Sam

    Is there a good reason why PG&E cannot be seized by the state? Most other countries in the world would not trust private companies with the kind of lucrative monopoly which PG&E has. They have acted so irresponsibly for profit that the owners of PG&E deserve to lose their assets.

  • FayNissenbaum

    Note that the Feds have done CPUC’s job and done it far better and without bias to excuse PG&E:”California Public Utilities Commission had said the sewer project was a likely contributing factor, as did a pipeline industry group of which PG&E is a member. However, Kramer said federal investigators had “excluded” the sewer job as a cause.”CPUC is a joke of a regulator!

  • Hall

    Now that corporations have achieved “personhood,” let’s treat them as persons in all respects, personal accountability included. 

  • Ida

    The guest’s desire to have NTSB fine PG&E at a record-setting amount will do nothing but drive up costs to consumers, and stall improvements.

    • Sam

      Do you work for PG&E? This company is irresponsible.

    • Bill

      You can require that the fines come out of the PG&E’s guaranteed profits, which means lower (or no) dividends for shareholders and no huge executive bonuses. Fines should not be paid by shareholders. Allowing the money from the fine to be earned back by PG&E encourages improvements to be done quickly while ensuring that PG&E is not profiting from this disaster.

  • Mike

    Thank you Bill and Jim for representing our community with pride today and everyday before.

  • FayNissenbaum

    Is the NTSB going to comment on the cozy relationship of the CA Public Utilities Commission with PG&E? CPUC has shirked its responsibility to the public.

  • progressivetruth

    Another example of privatization making profits on the backs of people: profit goes to the stockholders, bonuses to the employees, astronomical salaries to the CEOs and vice presidents, etc., while the public suffer the consequences,  i.e., in forking the bill for mismanagement, loss of homes, livelihoods, and death tolls.  Doesn’t this sound familiar: mortgage-backed securities where profits are privatized and bailout is socialized.  What’s wrong with this picture?  When will we learn that if we let corrupted corporations reap profits and run the minute a bubble or a pipe blows up, more lives with be thrown under the bus.

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