California’s natural gas regulator to convene expert panel on San Bruno blast

File photo: A charred buddah statue sits in the yard of a home that was destroyed by fire following a deadly gas main explosion on September 13, 2010 in San Bruno, California.
File photo: A charred buddah statue sits in the yard of a home that was destroyed by fire following a deadly gas main explosion on September 13, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The state agency that regulates natural gas utilities voted Thursday to investigate the San Bruno pipeline explosion.

The California Public Utilities Commission will assign a panel of experts to find out why a segment of natural gas pipeline ruptured two weeks ago in the Glenview neighborhood a few miles south of San Francisco.

The blast and fire killed seven people and injured dozens more. The Commission will charge the costs of the blast investigation to Pacific Gas & Electric – the utility company that owns and operates the pipeline that failed.

The expert panel will investigate the integrity of all of PG&E’s pipelines and recommend improvements. The Public Utilities Commission president will select the experts for the panel over the next month.

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