A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from San Francisco officials alleging that a federal agency failed to ensure enforcement of safety standards for gas pipelines, contributing to unsafe conditions and the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday upheld a lower court ruling dismissing San Francisco's suit against the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera accused the pipeline safety administration of arbitrarily approving a state commission's pipeline safety certification and failing to determine whether the commission was adequately enforcing federal pipeline safety standards.
The city said it was worried about the pipelines in its ground.
"Events surrounding these recent pipeline disasters paint a disturbing picture. They reveal that, for over a decade, the CPUC has failed to enforce federal pipeline safety standards as required by its certification and has allowed PG&E to blatantly violate those standards. This has occurred because PHMSA has abdicated its duty to oversee the CPUC and to ensure that federal pipeline safety standards are being enforced," Herrara wrote in his complaint.