PG&E's latest fire problem

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Sup. David Campos was at the fire on San Bruno Ave -- the one that burned for two hours before PG&E crews managed to shut off a gas pipeline, and he told me the situation was a disaster. "PG&E had apparently done some work on the pipe but hadn't documented it," he said. "Nobody was there when we needed to shut it off. Two hours -- that's unacceptable."

You'd think that after what happened in San Bruno, PG&E would have figured out how to respond to gas fires a little more quickly. You'd think someone in charge of that utterly screwed-up company would have made fire safety a priority. But no: Now PG&E has the normally quiet San Francisco fire chief pissed, has Campos calling for hearings on local gas pipeline safety and is on the proverbial hot seat again.

It's as if nobody over there cares. What's going to happen? The CPUC will impose a little fine? The city will demand some changes? So what? The monopoly utility can just ignore it all. The senior execs will still get their huge salaries and bonuses, any additional costs will be passed on to the ratepayers -- and one of these days, another pipe will blow up and kill a bunch of people, and PG&E will say: Ooh, sorry about that.

And the next time PG&E throws a couple of dollars at some civic project, the mayor will forgive all the past problems and talk about what a great company it is.

Why do we put up with this?

Comments

SFBG hadn't done a hit piece on PG&E for quite a while. I figured maybe with Bruce selling out and joining the one percent, you were freed from kneejerk, slavish devotion to that particular ill-fated Brugmannian cause.

But I guess old habits die hard, huh?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 14, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

That was back when PG&E's approval numbers were higher than Chris Daly's.

Right now? I think a straight-up pedophile gets more sympathy than that corporation.

Posted by Chris on Jun. 15, 2012 @ 7:13 am

As long as electricity and gas show up at your home, it's a non-issue politically. We see that every time public power is on the balloe - people just don't care enough.

The last thing I want is the city having more responsbility when it cannot even manage what it has now.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2012 @ 8:58 am

She was sending out Tweets like mad while this was happening. Sounds like two politicians are having a bitch fight about who can be in the foreground the most during a disastrous situation.

Posted by Troll II on Jun. 14, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

Malia can't throw off that jewish surname even though her skin color gives her extra points?

SF politics is just so complex . . .

Posted by Guest on Jun. 14, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

What I don't understand is why can't a San Francisco Firefighter turn off a gas valve. Were paying them each around 200K a year and they don't what to do?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 14, 2012 @ 5:06 pm