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    PG&E Gas Line Explosion Engulfs San Francisco Buildings In Flames

    Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for bankrupt California utility PG&E, it got worse.
    On Wednesday afternoon, PG&E - which filed for bankruptcy last week as a result of $30 billion in legal liabilities resulting from California's massive 2017 and 2018 wildfires its equipment may have ignited - was working to contain a natural gas leak from a pipeline that exploded on Wednesday along a major thoroughfare in San Francisco, setting fire to five buildings and leaving thousands without power in Inner Richmond, while prompting people in nearby restaurants to run for their lives as fire crews worked to get a handle on the soaring flames.

    The fire erupted just before 1:30 p.m. in front of Hong Kong Lounge II by the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Parker Avenue, officials said according to the SF Chronicle.

    The fire triggered an evacuation order for people within a block of the site on Geary Boulevard, a major artery that leads into downtown San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. According to Bloomberg, which quoted San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, eight workers near the explosion have been accounted for and no injuries were reported.
    Eight construction workers, hired by an unidentified third-party contractor, were digging in the ground to install fiber optic cables when they hit a gas main, Hayes-White said.


    "I’m confident that it’ll be contained soon,” Hayes-White told reporters at the scene. “As soon as the gas leak is tamped down, we’ll have it under control." The alternative, of course, being that a section of San Francisco burns down is probably too dire for PG&E's management to even consider.
    Hayes-White described the explosion and ensuing fire as extensive but noted that it’s “not as extensive” as the San Bruno blast.
    Alas, flames continued to tower above nearby buildings more than an hour after the blast was first reported, when Hayes-White said PG&E was still working to contain the leak. She called the company’s response time to the blast “pretty good.”
    For its part, PG&E said on Twitter that it’s working with first responders and urged people to avoid the area.

    Bloomberg adds that at least five PG&E workers could be seen digging into the pavement in a crosswalk near the flames more than an hour after the blast. Helicopter footage of the fire scene showed a blackened backhoe near the source of the flames.
    Meanwhile, the NTSB didn’t immediately say whether the agency is sending a team to the incident, while the U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which regulates pipeline safety, said it was gathering information on the blast to determine whether it will dispatch investigators.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...ildings-flames
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    The left really wants to blame this on PG&E. "Gas leak"? Is that what it is called when a backhoe from a Verizon subcontractor tears into a major gas pipe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    The left really wants to blame this on PG&E. "Gas leak"? Is that what it is called when a backhoe from a Verizon subcontractor tears into a major gas pipe?
    Clearly what it's called is " U.S. Political News".

    Somehow this place got as lame as the MSM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    The left really wants to blame this on PG&E. "Gas leak"? Is that what it is called when a backhoe from a Verizon subcontractor tears into a major gas pipe?
    I was expecting the stock to be down 50% on this headline. Down 20 cents. Won't be getting sued over this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    The left really wants to blame this on PG&E. "Gas leak"? Is that what it is called when a backhoe from a Verizon subcontractor tears into a major gas pipe?
    Very limited experience in this area,

    But

    My experience teaches me that a backhoe to a gas pipe can certainly cause a gas leak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Clearly what it's called is " U.S. Political News".

    Somehow this place got as lame as the MSM.
    PG&E is political news, they are going through major lawsuits, bankruptcy and possibly a state bailout and they are a state sponsored monopoly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    PG&E is political news, they are going through major lawsuits, bankruptcy and possibly a state bailout and they are a state sponsored monopoly.
    There was a gas line hit in Tulsa earlier this month. Know what you and ABC have in common? You both consider it news if it happens in California, but God's Country is beneath your consideration.

    There is still a California subforum on this site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    There was a gas line hit in Tulsa earlier this month. Know what you and ABC have in common? You both consider it news if it happens in California, but God's Country is beneath your consideration.
    If I don't see it I can't post it and I have posted gas line explosion stories from elsewhere but I posted them in Open Discussion because they didn't involve the kind of political issues that PG&E has.

    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    There is still a California subforum on this site.
    If you want you can suggest to the mods that this be moved there and I won't complain if they do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asurfaholic View Post
    Very limited experience in this area,

    But

    My experience teaches me that a backhoe to a gas pipe can certainly cause a gas leak.
    I guess they need hoe resistant pipes.. (doesn't sound like my cup of tea)
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    Quote Originally Posted by asurfaholic View Post
    Very limited experience in this area,

    But

    My experience teaches me that a backhoe to a gas pipe can certainly cause a gas leak.
    They use the term as if it was spontaneous, and somehow due to neglect. “Broken gas main” due to backhoe digging is more accurate, and has less innuendo. There is an agenda at work. The left in California wants to seize the means of production when it comes to energy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    They use the term as if it was spontaneous, and somehow due to neglect. “Broken gas main” due to backhoe digging is more accurate, and has less innuendo. There is an agenda at work. The left in California wants to seize the means of production when it comes to energy.
    I know what, I was just being obtuse.
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