The San Bruno Explosion: 5 Years Later

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Five years ago a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno. The resulting fireball destroyed a neighborhood and killed eight people. PG&E, the owner of the pipeline, faces hundreds of lawsuits, a $1.6 billion penalty and more than two dozen criminal charges for negligence. An effort to block PG&E from claiming a $115 million tax break for the penalty failed on Thursday. We'll look at San Bruno's recovery efforts, how the explosion served as a wake-up call for pipeline safety, and learn about a KQED investigation into the cozy relationship between PG&E and its regulators.

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Bill Magoolaghan, San Bruno resident whose house was severely damaged from the pipeline explosion

Lisa Pickoff-White, senior interactive producer for KQED News

Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission

Connie Jackson, city manager of San Bruno



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