October 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California public utilities commissioner is proposing that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. be fined $17.25 for falsely claiming two of its old pipelines were safe and filing misleading records to downplay the misstep.
The California Public Utilities Commission on Monday said it received the alternative proposal from commissioner Mark Ferron; an earlier proposal called for $6.75 million in fines for the same violations.
Both proposals will be discussed at the commission's Dec. 5 meeting.
Two judges found previously that PG&E ran a pipeline at too high a pressure and the company minimized the lapses as data "errata" in safety filings.
The pipelines are in the same system as one in San Bruno that exploded in 2010, killing eight people.
PG&E did not respond to a request for comment.
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