Calif. explosion investigative panel assembled

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Posted: Oct 15, 2010 11:12 AM
Calif. explosion investigative panel assembled

California regulators have appointed an independent panel to look into the deadly gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb.

The California Public Utilities Commission and federal officials already are investigating the Sept. 9 blast that killed eight people in San Bruno.

The five-member panel will focus on any systemic problems within Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that could have contributed to the explosion.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that University of California, Davis chancellor emeritus Larry Vanderhoef was chosen to lead the panel.

Other panelists named Thursday include academic and labor experts as well as a former executive of a PG&E subsidiary.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) _ An independent investigative panel has been assembled to look into the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco suburb.

The California Public Utilities Commission said Thursday that experts from academia and labor as well as a former Pacific Gas and Electric executive have joined the panel to investigate the causes of the Sept. 9 blast.

The PUC and National Transportation Safety Board are already investigating.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the five-member independent panel's investigation will look for any systemic problems within PG&E that could have led to the explosion.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle