Pipeline Explosion

December 14, 2011 - 10:05 AM
FILE - A natural gas line lies broken on a San Bruno, Calif., road on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, after a massive explosion. A rupture in the pipe caused an explosion that killed eight people and leveled dozens of homes. The House passed a bill Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, that doubles the maximum fine for pipeline safety violations, but ignores several key recommendations arising from investigations of deadly natural gas explosions and high-profile oil spills over the past two years. The compromise bill was passed by a voice vote. Senate action is expected this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)