PG&E Statement Regarding NTSB Recommendations
Release Date: January 3, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the pipeline accident in San Bruno on September 9, 2010, today issued seven safety recommendations calling on the gas pipeline industry and regulators "to ensure that the records, surveys, and documents for all pipeline systems accurately reflect the pipeline infrastructure as built throughout the United States so that maximum safe operating pressures are accurately calculated." The NTSB noted that it does not know at this time whether records discrepancies played any part in the San Bruno accident.
Kirk Johnson, PG&E Vice President, Gas Engineering & Operations, offered this statement:
PG&E is giving these recommendations close and immediate attention. We have been undertaking an intensive review of our pipeline records, scrutinizing and verifying thousands of documents to confirm the quality of our data. We are managing this process across PG&E's system as part of our ongoing commitment to place the highest priority on public safety.