California Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, spoke about pipeline safety and the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people during a brief press conference in front of Palo Alto City Hall Thursday afternoon.
"It has become clear that this is a critical safety issue in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and throughout the Bay Area and the state," Hill said of pipeline safety.
Hill discussed three Assembly bills he has put forth to address pipeline safety -- AB 1456, AB 578 and AB 1197 -- at the 4 p.m. press conference that preceded a forum on the subject at City Hall.
Hill was joined by fellow assemblymen Rich Gordon and Paul Fong for the 6 p.m. forum on Bay Area gas-pipeline safety.
The update came nearly 15 months after the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) pipeline explosion in San Bruno that destroyed 38 homes.
During the two-part forum, two staff members from the California Public Utilities Commission -- Executive Director Paul Clanon and Interim Director of Consumer Protection and Safety Michelle Cooke -- spoke about changes that have taken place at the commission since September 2010.