Maybe you’ve already spent a few moments with the idea of what you and your family and your pets are doing around 6 PM in the evening…the same time a natural gas pipe exploded in a San Francisco residential area.
Home Sweet Oh My Fucking God! 50 homes destroyed! 50! with dozens more damaged.
Yeah. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than a little unsettled. Steel pipes have a 50 year life span. The pipe that blew was about 60 years old. It’s not like PG&E had no time in the last ten years. Government regulation has been reduced to nothing. The inspection and oversight in place are a joke…
Ha-Ha-Ha-Halliburton, Transocean, and BP!
People are at the mercy of companies who by their good will are expected to budget for maintenance and upgrades. The families of at least 4 people (the ones who died so horribly because of this fire) in San Bruno now know first hand about relying on the good will of business and how serious government inspections and oversight are.
Like the victims of Katrina know.
Like the people in Iowa where the dam broke this summer.
Like the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis.
The Manhattan steam pipe explosion. There was a less reported steam pipe explosion in Downtown Birmingham a few years ago.
Take a look at the Infrastructure Report Card released last year by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
I mean the there are some “C’s” on there, but do you want to drive across a bridge that gets a C or an A?