Pipeline Safety Task Force Issues Guidelines To Protect Public From Tragedy Similar to San Bruno’s Communication problems between local governments and utilities is a national issue.

By Rebecca Rosen Lum

The deadly gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno on Sept. 9, 2010 highlighted a lack of planning and, most particularly, communication among utility companies, local governments, builders and homeowners — not just in California but nationwide.

So concluded a 130-member task force on pipeline safety sponsored by the federal Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance has issued a set of guidelines (see report attached below) to head off catastrophes like the San Bruno blaze that killed eight people, injured many more and leveled 38 homes.

Partnering to Further Enhance Pipeline Safety In Communities Through Risk-Informed Land Use Planning – Final Report of Recommended Practices November 2010