Pacific Gas and Electric, the owner of the gas pipeline that exploded and leveled a California neighborhood, killing at least four people, has created a $100 million fund for the victims. The funds will help pay day-to-day expenses for the scores of San Bruno, California, residents whose property was damaged or who were injured in the massive fireball. The company had previously given the City of San Bruno $3 million.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are looking into this matter. The 28-foot section of pipe where the leak originated was blown about 100 feet away by the blast. Investigators have not yet determined whether the metal in the roughly 50-year-old pipeline became weakened by age-related factors such as corrosion or if it was somehow damaged more recently. Reports were that residents smelled gas before the blast, but this had not been verified at press time.
Source: The Associated Press
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