TURN Statement on PG&E Gas Explosion

 

The tragic explosion of a PG&E transmission line in San Bruno that killed 4 people, destroyed about 40 homes and injured scores of people may have been avoidable. If customers can’t depend on PG&E to respond quickly and effectively to potential safety problems, it falls on the CPUC to step up to protect Californians and hold PG&E accountable.

The tragic explosion of a PG&E transmission line in San Bruno that killed 4 people, destroyed about 40 homes and injured scores of people may have been avoidable. Less than 2 years have passed since a gas pipeline explosion claimed 1 life in Rancho Cordova. PG&E’s response to that disaster was to commit to improve its response to customer calls about potential gas leaks, which had preceded the explosion. In San Bruno, once again customers did the right thing and called PG&E when they smelled gas. Had PG&E done the right thing in response, the explosion might not have occurred.

“Our lives are literally in PG&E’s hands, and that’s scary,” said TURN executive director Mark Toney. “The previous explosion in Rancho Cordova should have been a wake-up call not only to PG&E but also to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). If customers can’t depend on PG&E to respond quickly and effectively to potential safety problems, it falls on the CPUC to step up to protect Californians and hold PG&E accountable.”