No criminal charges in San Bruno blast
Original post made on Sep 11, 2013
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on Sep 11, 2013 at 10:05 am
The idea that the explosion that resulted from a defective weld that was (presumably) made in 1956 would produce a charge of criminality in 2013 is pretty daft. The resulting investigation has produced a lot of evidence that PG&E has not kept its records up-to-date certainly suggests that the CA PUC has not been doing its job in regulating this enterprise.
It's certainly difficult to fathom why executives in large corporations like this one are paid the exorbitant salaries that they are, and are not ultimately held accountable, in some way, for these sorts of situations. But to suggest that executives should be held criminally liable for every weld in every bit of pipe in a system as large as PG&E's service area is not rational.
It's a shame that the same amount of scrutiny that has been paid PG&E is not being paid to the PUC.
on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:06 am
The fact that they are not being hit with criminal charges is criminal in itself. They are literally getting away with murder and criminal neglect, among other things.
on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:40 am
The National Transportation Safety Board report noted the lack of supervision which should have been provided by the California Public Utilities Commission. Like Joe, I am waiting to hear about shake-ups at the PUC. One of the commissioners was quoted in the newspapers as saying the public wanted cheap gas prices so the PUC provided them by not supervising PG&E safety procedures.