- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 26, 2011


New details emerge on pipeline’s prior leak

SAN FRANCISCO — A California utility under fire for a deadly pipeline explosion has revealed that its employees dispute key information the company gave federal investigators about past problems on the gas line that ruptured.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. quietly released a document in May, more than eight months after the explosion killed eight people and torched a San Francisco suburb, showing that the same transmission line had sprung a leak a few miles away more than a decade earlier.

But the company revealed this week that its own workers’ accounts challenge the accuracy of that document given to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The conflicting accounts about the 1988 leak is just the latest development in a long string of concerns about the company’s haphazard record-keeping in the wake of the September blast in San Bruno.


Garbage Museum operators may close without funds

STRATFORD — Operators of a Connecticut museum devoted to trash say it might have to close if they can’t raise $100,000 in donations or other funding within the next week.

The 16-year-old Garbage Museum in Stratford had almost 31,000 visitors and program participants last year to learn about recycling, view its massive dinosaur built of trash and visit other exhibits.

The museum’s operator, the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, says it only has about $60,000 of the approximately $300,000 needed to keep it open for another year.

A spokesman for CRRA says funding for the Garbage Museum plummeted when several municipalities pulled out of a committee that sent recycling materials to the regional facility. The museum established a $2 entry fee, but that has not been enough to guarantee it will remain afloat.


Former player to serve week for assault

IOWA CITY — A judge sentenced a once-promising Iowa football player Friday to one week in jail for a 2007 assault on a female student-athlete, saying he should be ashamed of his actions in a case that caused a university-wide scandal.

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