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NTSB faults PG&E, regulators in gas explosion
NTSB faults gas company, state and federal regulators in California pipeline explosion
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A federal safety panel has unanimously agreed that a series of actions by one of the nation's largest gas companies caused a gas explosion last year that killed eight people and incinerated a suburban neighborhood near San Francisco.

The five-member National Transportation Safety Board unanimously agreed Tuesday that substandard welds and other problems dating to the 1956 installation of a Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s gas transmission line beneath San Bruno, Calif., laid the ground for the accident.

They also said the company's inadequate inspection program for pipelines allowed the bad welds and other weaknesses to go undetected.

The board said lax oversight by state and federal regulators also contributed to the accident. This was the first of several board decisions.

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