SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Bruno city official says lead attorneys probing a deadly pipeline explosion for state regulators have abruptly quit the investigation.
City Manager Connie Jackson said Wednesday she learned that four California Public Utilities Commission lawyers have removed themselves from the matter, and called on the state attorney general to examine the reasons behind the departures.
The lawyers were the commission's main experts on the blast, and the resignations come as the agency was to decide a fine for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which owns the pipeline.
The commission's legal team has spent more than two years investigating PG&E safety lapses before the Sept. 9, 2010, blast that killed eight and destroyed 38 homes.
Agency investigators recently called for PG&E to be fined $2.25 billion. Commission officials didn't immediately return a phone call.
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