\u201cOther persons or entities\u201d were responsible for the Sept. 9, 2010, natural gas pipeline blast in San Bruno, Pacific Gas & Electric stated in a July 12 court filing. Responding to a class action suit in San Mateo Superior Court, PG&E stated the plaintiffs\u2019 claims are barred for various reasons, including that \u201cinjuries or losses alleged in the complaint were directly and proximately caused, in whole or in part, by unforeseeable, intervening and\/or superseding acts of persons or entities other than\u201d PG&E. After scathing treatment in the local media, utility president Chris Johns said some of the news coverage \u201cinaccurately reported that language in the filing was intended to implicate the city of San Bruno\u2019s sewer replacement project in the cause of the accident.\u201d In 2008, a section of sewer pipe was replaced near the site of the blast. Johns refuted claims in news articles that the utility was shifting blame, noting state and federal investigations into the blast that killed eight and leveled more than three dozen homes were ongoing. Johns also stated that the utility does not hold any San Bruno residents or victims responsible for the explosion and that no strings were attached to victim compensation given out last year. \u201cPG&E remains committed to promptly paying claims and rebuilding San Bruno,\u201d according to Johns.