You might ask why would they delay that repair until 2013? PG&E had other priorities, which included spending $46 million in a failed effort to limit local democracy and protect their monopoly with Proposition 16 (which was on the June ballot.)
We keep hearing from the right that the private sector can do things better than the government, and so we should turn over things currently handled by government to the private sector. That $46 million would have bought a lot of new pipeline and jobs for those who would install it. This is typical of corporations where using their wealth to attract more investors and fend off competition and regulation is preferable to being responsible to those they serve.
Oh, and the local angle? One of the longest and worst pipelines on the PG&E list of overdue repair and replacements? Runs nearby our home and then for about 8 miles through the grass and oak tree studded hills not too far away.
I have a couple of fire extinguishers - not sure that would do it, though.
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