The PG&E pipeline that exploded last September and killed eight people had a leak in 1988. That revelation was only recently made to the NTSB, infuriating federal investigators who say that kind of information is critical to their task of discovering what caused deadly the explosion.
PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson says there was nothing deliberate about the utility company’s slow pace. He says as soon as employees discovered the document they turned it over to the NTSB but it took months of scouring old files to find it.
“Our records shouldn’t be in the state they’re in now and we’ve acknowledged it several times. It shouldn’t take a tragedy to repair that but that’s what we’re doing now."