Proposed law aims to add safety measures to gas pipes after deadly Calif. blastSan Bruno and Millbrae Fire Chief Dennis Haag said stopping the flow of gas earlier would have reduced the amount of damage
By Joshua Melvin
The San Mateo County Times via The Contra Costa Times
SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, announced this morning legislation that would force natural gas pipeline operators across the country to equip their lines with automatic shut off valves and require the utilities to tell homeowners if they live near gas mains.
She unveiled the legislation, which is to be introduced Tuesday, while standing in front of the crater left by the explosion of Pacfic Gas and Electric Co.'s line no. 132 in a San Bruno neighborhood. The blast and subsequent fire killed seven people and destroyed 37 homes.