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Aging pipelines in place below populated areas

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. (WKOW) -- The explosion of a gas pipeline in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a situation that experts say exists in many communities across the nation.

The section of pipeline that ruptured in San Bruno was built in 1956 -- when the neighborhood contained just a handful of homes. Since then, an expanded community has been built above that pipeline.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board say this issue of aging pipelines has to be addressed. They hope other states will see the San Bruno tragedy as a wake-up call.

The government says, inspection of aging gas pipes has been left to the companies and often, they are not willing spend the money to fix and replace those pipelines.  

 

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