Why were homes built over pipe?

Having worked for PG&E for 40 years, I feel horrible for the families in San Bruno who lost their loved ones and those who lost belongings and their homes.

I was in the gas department. No doubt PG&E was negligent and has been caught many times delaying maintenance. Whether $2.25 billion is the right amount, I will leave to the politicians.

My reason for writing is twofold. I grew up in San Bruno in the 1950s soon after this transmission line that failed was installed.

Transmission lines, unlike lines that normally run underground in neighborhoods, are of much higher pressure and, therefore, can be much more dangerous.

In the '50s, there was not a house for miles near this pipe. We used to hunt quail in this area. Somehow, hundreds of homes were allowed to be built near and some on top of this pipe. Who allowed this to happen?

This situation is nothing new. In many areas of California this same situation exists.

City, county and state agencies allowed these homes to be built. Shouldn't some of the responsibility be shared by these agencies? Why are attorneys not looking in this direction?

Norm Mercer

Livermore



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