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San Bruno pipeline could not be inspected with new technology

Sep 14, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Ruptured segment was too old and curved to accommodate in-line device required on newer lines. PG&E says it met all federal requirements and used several other inspection methods at least once a year.

A sophisticated safety inspection device required for many large natural gas pipelines couldn't be used in the San Bruno line that exploded last week because of design issues. However, the utility that owns the line said Monday it had complied with all federal testing requirements.

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