Tuesday, September 14, 2010

P G and E Establishes $100 Million Fund for San Bruno Victims

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Monday it was establishing a $100 million fund for the victims of a huge gas pipeline explosion that left at least four dead.

The money was intended to help victims meet their day-to-day needs and would be provided with no strings attached, said Chris Johns, president of PG&E.

"It is very important that this community know that there are funds, enough funds, to be able to rebuild their lives and this community," Johns said.

In a related story, Barack Obama said there were ‘echoes’ between the San Bruno gas leak and fire and the Al Qaeda suicide attacks which killed 2,995 people, including 67 Britons.

He said that just as the events of September 11, 2001, had profoundly shaped ‘our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy’, so the gas leak disaster would shape thinking on the environment and energy for years to come.

He has also suggested a moratorium on gas line delivery to homes until the absolute safety of homeowners can be guaranteed.*

*Related story may have had "echoes" of an earlier Obama story.

Cross posted at Say Anything

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