August 30th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

Faulty weld caused 2010 California pipeline blast, feds say

A faulty weld was the cause of the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people outside San Francisco, but the problem should have been caught long before the blast, federal safety officials concluded in a scathing report Tuesday.

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  1. Sam The Gay Crossdressing Cowboy Snake Ghost

    Ssssss.... Tee Hee... Sssssss...

    August 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BLUE MOUNTAINS ; )

    BURP.... Opps , excuse me

    August 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    "....but the problem should have been caught long before the blast, federal safety officials concluded in a scathing report Tuesday."

    Ya *think*?

    August 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. huxley

    A one sentence story? Really? Is CNN paying by number of stories rather than number of words?

    August 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justathought

    A faulty weld???? I don't remember the inident, my dad used to be a certfied welder, he didn't work on pipelines, but on ships and every criticaly welded joint was x-rayed to insure the weld was good. That didn't necessarly mean the welder was bad, some welds just were not good. If this pipeline was critical somebody didn't x-ray the weld proprerly.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Hi, justathought.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Germaine

    i am chrissy.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. michael

    I think the welding was not properly x-rayed and this are the common little things that should be put into consideration,though natural disasters are bound to happen sometimes,i think the x-raying should be blamed

    August 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. michael

    dont think so

    August 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jordan scene

    Hey I bet they managed to complete that project that said pipe was involved in under budget and in record time. What else was in this report also? Who do we get to blame for this? Who's responsible for the faulty welding?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Hey, Jordan scene, what's up?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    Hi banasy:) @jordan scene: As an electrician, I can tell you the fault lies with the inspector. Everything we do, particularly government jobs, gets inspected by the government. Not necessarily the federal government, but local jurisdictions. While it's true enough the welder didn't do it right, the inspector should have caught it.

    The welder will lose sleep over it, maybe get fired. But the explosion? That's the inspector that signed off on it.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Welder

    It doesn"t take a year to figure out if a faulty weld caused a pipeline to fail. This is pure BS.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jordan scene

    Hi banasy! I'm well thanks for asking, just getting ready to call it a day at work. I couldn't help but notice today is your birthday, so, Happy birthday!

    August 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jordan scene

    Hi banasy! I'm well thanks for asking, just getting ready to call it a day at work. I couldn't help but notice today is your birthday, so, Happy birthday! Lee, thanks for the insight. That makes perfect sense. Its just unfortunate that the same problem slipped through the cracks twice. Alas, workers and inspectors are, unfortunately, only human. I know that they didn't intentionally "half ass" the work, but maybe there was a little oversight that let this mistake go. I hope this incident makes construction workers, welders, and inspectors alike realize their work could have an impact on life even a few years down the road if not done properly. But like one of the previous posters said, you can do a weld right but doesn't make it a good weld.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
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