National Transportation Safety Board. 2011.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Natural GasTransmission Pipeline Rupture and Fire, San Bruno, California, September 9, 2010
. PipelineAccident Report NTSB/PAR-11/01. Washington, DC.Abstract:
On September 9, 2010, about 6:11 p.m. Pacific daylight time, a 30-inch-diameter segment of an intrastate natural gas transmission pipeline known as Line 132, owned and operated by the Pacific Gasand Electric Company, ruptured in a residential area in San Bruno, California. The rupture occurred atmile point 39.28 of Line 132, at the intersection of Earl Avenue and Glenview Drive. The ruptureproduced a crater about 72 feet long by 26 feet wide. The section of pipe that ruptured, which was about28 feet long and weighed about 3,000 pounds, was found 100 feet south of the crater. The Pacific Gas andElectric Company estimated that 47.6 million standard cubic feet of natural gas was released. Thereleased natural gas ignited, resulting in a fire that destroyed 38 homes and damaged 70. Eight peoplewere killed, many were injured, and many more were evacuated from the area.As a result of its investigation of this accident, the National Transportation Safety Board makesrecommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials SafetyAdministration, the governor of the state of California, the California Public Utilities Commission, thePacific Gas and Electric Company, the American Gas Association, and the Interstate Natural GasAssociation of America.
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