On September 29, 2010, Bob Schuster was the sole plaintiff’s attorney to address the International Pipeline Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The conference is considered to be the leading conference in the world for international natural gas pipeline operators—with companies in attendance from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States, and other countries worldwide.
Schuster’s focus was on the tragedy that killed 12 family members when a pipeline operated by El Paso Natural Gas Company exploded south of Carlsbad, New Mexico. But his attendance at the conference was only weeks after a 30 inch natural gas pipeline exploded in a neighborhood of San Bruno, California—approximately 2 miles from San Francisco International Airport. That explosion killed 8 people and injured dozens more.
His lecture to the pipeline companies in Calgary was clear and direct: Your practices must change and pipelines must be made safe. The killing must end.