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Friday, August 3, 2012

Contractor Says He's Really Sorry for Busting San Bruno Gas Line Yesterday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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The contractor responsible for nicking the PG&E gas line yesterday in San Bruno sent his apologizes to the city and residents who were evacuated during the  gas leak and vowed to implement better safety measures.


Workers for San Francisco-based Shaw Pipeline ruptured a 2-inch gas line while digging with a backhoe at the same site of the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight and burned dozens of homes. The fire department evacuated 14 homes, and shut off the gas by 11:24, PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.

As of Thursday evening, all services were restored; unlike last time, this gas leak did not spark a fire, and nobody was injured.

Ironically, the construction company was actively rebuilding and repairing what the 2010 blast had destroyed when crews busted the pipeline yesterday morning, officials said.

"I offer my sincerest apologies to the citizens of San Bruno on behalf of myself, my crew, and my company," Matt Shaw, owner of the contracting company, said in a statement. "We understand how sensitive this community is from the PG&E explosion of September 2010 and we are deeply sorry to have cause additional and unnecessary concern."

Shaw Pipeline has vowed to improve its safety measures by implementing daily reviews of the layout and execution of work where they are excavating and re-verifying all utility location. PG&E has also promised to re-mark utility locations.

Shaw's company is giving the community some time to recuperate after the scare. Construction will resume on Monday at the earliest, San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson said. Meanwhile, authorities will review the accident.

The construction project is estimated to be completed in October.

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