CPUC holding public meeting over pipeline explosion

In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

April 14, 2011 4:33:14 PM PDT
The state Public Utilities Commission is holding a public meeting in San Francisco on the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

The agency is considering several rule changes to increase the safety of gas lines after the September 9 disaster killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

One of the ideas: reducing the pressure in PG&E's older gas lines where the utility hasn't found records proving they are safe, but, PG&E warned regulators that could cause a big outage and hurt customers. Another proposal includes installing more automatic or remotely controlled shut off valves.

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