NTSB to hold hearing on San Bruno explosion

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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.

New details will be revealed this week on the September explosion of a natural gas line in San Bruno. The National Transportation Safety Board holds a three-day hearing on the blast and fire that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. It’s not the final report, but could provide some answers.

It’s billed as a fact-finding hearing, but the National Transportation Safety Board has a few facts of its own to share about the ongoing investigation. The NTSB will report on pressure settings for pipelines, employee training and emergency response.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman says findings will have implications for pipelines around the country. "What we want to do is learn lessons, so that if we find anything, we can share that information with others to prevent something like this from happening again."

First up to testify: more than half a dozen officials from Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility that owns the pipeline. Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who represents San Bruno, wants to know whether PG&E decisions made over the years contributed to the rupture, who made those decisions and why.

The hearings begin Tuesday morning.

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