Last week San Francisco/San Mateo State Sen. Leland Yee and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane held a press conference to announce that PG&E had "committed" to moving the San Bruno gas pipeline at the heart of a devastating fire in the city.The "commitment," however, seemed laden with caveats and conditions, especially when you tried to get a confirmation from PG&E. “We realize nobody wants that pipeline to be rebuilt in the neighborhood," said a spokesperson. "We will work with federal, state and city leaders to evaluate all available options. It will not be a decision that PG&E makes on its own.”
Today, in a letter sent to Ruane and disseminated by Yee, PG&E President Chris Johns went a step further in affirming its intent to relocate the pipeline. The key passage:
As we discussed during our meeting, PG&E understands that no one wants the damanged section of Line 132 rebuilt at its current location. We know residents in this neighborhood have sufffered a terrible trauma and the pipe is a horrible reminder. On behalf of PG&E, I want to reiterate to you and the residents of your city that you have our commitment that PG&E will not rebuild the damaged section of Line 132 in its current location.