Court rejects San Francisco lawsuit after gas line blast

Jul 30, 2015 5:43 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from San Francisco officials alleging that a federal agency failed to ensure enforcement of safety standards for gas pipelines like the one that exploded in a nearby suburb.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday upheld a lower court ruling dismissing San Francisco's suit against the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The lawsuit came in response to the fatal 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno. The city accused the pipeline safety administration of arbitrarily approving a state commission's pipeline safety certification and failing to determine whether the commission was adequately enforcing federal pipeline safety standards.

The city said it was worried about the pipelines in its ground.

The 9th Circuit said the agency had wide discretion over certification decisions.

A call to the San Francisco city attorney's office was not immediately returned.

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