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San Bruno survivors plan 2 year anniversary

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POSTED September 4, 2012 8:52 p.m.

SAN BRUNO . (AP) — Survivors of a deadly pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb plan to hold a memorial to commemorate the two years that have passed since the blast, even as they continue to press for stronger pipeline safety reforms.

On Tuesday, neighbors gathered at the San Bruno blast site with Assemblyman Jerry Hill, a Democrat who represents the area and is sponsoring three bills aimed at upgrading pipeline oversight. The Legislature has passed all three bills, which are now on the governor's desk.

Eight people died, dozens were injured and 38 homes overlooking the bay were destroyed in the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion.

Eight of those homes have now been entirely rebuilt, and others are still in construction. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has settled multiple lawsuits filed against the company in the wake of the explosion, but a larger set of civil cases is scheduled to go to trial in January.

The California Public Utilities Commission has yet to fine PG&E for what federal regulators called a litany of failures leading up to the blast.

The memorial event will be held Sunday afternoon in San Bruno City Park. City officials plan to unveil a remembrance plaque on the city's community recognition sculpture.

 

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