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Thursday, August 2, 2012

San Bruno Residents Evacuated After Gas Leak Near 2010 Explosion Site (Update)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

2010 explosion - SMI23LE'S VIA FLICKR

Update (2:39 p.m.): PG&E tells us that contractors were "not implying safe digging practices" when they struck the pipeline.

"The fire dept evacuated approximately 14 homes," said Joe Molica, spokesman for PG&E."The gas line was shut off by 11:24 this morning. This just shows the absolute importance of contractors using safe digging practices."

Molica said he anticipates final repairs being made at 4:30 p.m. On the bright side, nobody's gas service was interrupted as a result of this.

Original Story (11:45 a.m.): Firefighters briefly evacuated a San Bruno neighborhood after a natural gas line ruptured this morning in the exact same spot where a main line exploded in 2010, which killed eight people and burned 38 homes.

PG&E tells reporters the rupture happened at about 10:45 a.m., when a contractor struck a 2-inch

plastic line that was installed last year at the intersection of Glenview Drive and Earl

Avenue. Residents were evacuated, according to news reports.

We put in a call to PG&E to get the details, and will update you when we find out more.

The rupture comes just a few days after PG&E explained to SF Weekly a vague advertisement claiming it had "lost its way," meaning the company had not done a great job at communicating with its customers leading up to the fatal explosion.

The $10 million television campaign was the company's first real stab at public relations since a gas-transmission pipeline erupted in September 2010, which also injured 58 people, destroyed 38 homes, and damaged 70 more. The campaign aired during the company's current court cases, in which PG&E argues that its conduct in installing the defective pipeline that triggered the San Bruno blast doesn't merit punitive damages.

We're guessing today's event might not convince customers that PG&E has yet found its way.

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