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Hidden Dangers of Underground Infrastructure

Most people do not know what lies beneath the streets they live and travel on each day. Communities contain multiple systems of wires and pipes for delivering water, sewage, storm drainage, gas and electricity – all of which can pose life-threatening dangers when least expected. Britt Strottman, Chair of Meyers Nave’s Crisis Management Practice Group, published an article in the Lamorinda Weekly addressing the significant increase in local incidents and disasters nationwide caused by underground infrastructure failures. She outlined steps that residents can take on their own directly with pipeline operators and in collaboration with elected officials to obtain necessary and meaningful information about pipelines running through communities to understand safety issues and prevent future tragedies. Please click here to read Britt’s article.

Britt serves as Special Counsel for the City of San Bruno, handling ongoing legal and crisis management issues relating to the tragic pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes on September 9, 2010. Her work for the City of San Bruno has led to a record proposed $1.6 billion fine against Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the indictment of PG&E on criminal charges, claims of political corruption at the California Public Utilities Commission, and multiple state and federal investigations of the utility and public agency. Britt’s victories for the City of San Bruno have been featured in her selection to the Daily Journal’s list of the “Top 20 Under 40” rising stars in California’s legal profession (January 2015), her receipt of a “Giant Slayer” award in The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year competition (March 2015) and her selection to the Daily Journal’s list of California’s “Top 100 Women Lawyers” (May 2015).

More information about Britt’s expertise and the firm’s Crisis Management Practice Group is available here.