San Bruno PG&E explosion: State senator plans hearings | Ten years after San Bruno explosion, worries linger over PG&E safety

September 09, 2020

Mercury News
By George Avalos

Since PG&E caused a fatal gas explosion in San Bruno 10 years ago today, the utility has been found guilty in two criminal cases, sparked multiple fatal wildfires, received record-breaking penalties, become bankrupt, and has moved into the grim pantheon of America’s deadliest corporations.

Now a lawmaker plans a new hearing to look into that decade.

On Sept. 9, 2010, a PG&E gas pipeline ruptured and unleashed an explosion and inferno that killed eight people, injured 58, and destroyed a San Bruno neighborhood.

That explosion in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno was nothing less than a catastrophe. But the tragic blast marked the starting point of a decade of disasters that exposed severe flaws and failures in PG&E’s aging gas and electricity operations and put the company under intense scrutiny.

That scrutiny continues.

A state senator whose district includes parts of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County, as well as all of San Bruno, has begun to organize a legislative hearing to look into the aftermath of the deadly San Bruno blast.

“We’re working on a hearing to find out what we learned and what’s changed,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill.