Sunday Marks the Second Anniversary of the San Bruno Pipeline Explosion
On the evening of September 9, 2010, a gas pipeline exploded in the neighborhood of San Bruno, California. The rupture of this pipeline created a crater 72 feet by 26 feet wide, and the gas released ignited an immense fire. This explosion resulted in the deaths of eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
This incident is a deadly reminder that pipelines throughout the country must be kept secure and systems should be in place to guard against structural weaknesses. It is estimated that between 29,000 and 62,000 miles of additional pipeline is required to meet the expected future need for natural gas over the next 25 years.
In our collection, we have several documents relating to this tragic event for you to read and reflect upon, as well as resources on pipeline infrastructure protection. Below are a few of these documents.
- San Bruno California, September 9, 2010 Gas Pipeline Explosion and Fire
- Pipeline Accident Report: Pacific Gas and Electric Company Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Rupture and Fire, San Bruno, CA, September 9, 2010
- Keeping America’s Pipelines Safe and Secure: Key Issues for Congress [March 13, 2012]
- Consumer Protection & Safety Division Incident Investigation Report: September 9, 2010 PG&E Pipeline Rupture in San Bruno, California
- Pipeline Safety: Collecting Data and Sharing Information on Federally Unregulated Gathering Pipelines Could Help Enhance Safety, Report to Congressional Requesters
- S. Hrg. 111–1075: Pipeline Safety: Assessing the San Bruno, California Explosion and Other Recent Accidents, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, September 28, 2010
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