10/04/2010 // San Francisco, CA, US // Mary Alexander // San Bruno injury lawyer Mary Alexander
San Bruno, CA (San Bruno Injury Lawyer News)—While a definitive cause remains unknown, vital information concerning the devastating September 9, 2010 San Bruno gas explosion continues to surface. According to a Thursday, September 16, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle report, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. sought permission from state regulators to spend $4.87 million to replace a segment of a potentially hazardous gas pipeline three years ago. Notably, the portion of the gas line PG&E initially wished to replace was a part of the same pipeline that ruptured just over a week ago, leaving a San Bruno neighborhood in flames.
According to information provided, the utility’s plan to replace the questionable segment of pipeline was never put into action. PG&E reportedly planned to make repairs to the South San Francisco portion of the gas line in 2007 and intended to have the project completed by October 2009. This has led some individuals to speculate as to whether the project would have given PG&E the chance to detect a potential hazard with the portion of pipeline that exploded in San Bruno.
Additionally, a staff attorney for the Utility Reform Network alleged that PG&E has been known to postpone repairs and utilize maintenance funds in careless ways in the past. For instance, the California Public Utilities Commission released a report in 1998, revealing the company’s particularly neglectful actions. The report found that the company had put $77.6 million, which was initially intended to be used to pay for the trimming of trees near power lines, towards boosting corporate profits. “The conclusion is they’re putting profits before customer safety,” the Utility Reform Network staff lawyer added. Nonetheless, Bay Area injury attorney Mary Alexander maintained, “Right now there is only one thing that’s certain: Something did go wrong. People were injured and killed. Many saw their lives changed forever. And very likely, it never had to happen.”
Leading Bay Area injury attorney Mary Alexander, a resident of the San Bruno area, states if you or a loved one have been injured or killed in the San Bruno explosion, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. With more than 25 years of experience litigating the multifaceted personal injury and wrongful death claims of negligence victims and their families, contacting San Bruno injury lawyer Mary Alexander may help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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