August 20, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two judges are threatening to fine Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines safe and using misleading regulatory filings to minimize the problem.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judges said that PG&E characterized substantial record keeping errors regarding two Bay Area pipelines as a routine problem.
The judges said PG&E revealed the issue the day before the Fourth of July holiday in a manner that "could be seen as an attempt to mislead" and are considering hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
The company's record keeping was cited as a problem after a 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes.
PG&E denied it misled regulators and said the pipelines are safe.
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