Pacific Gas & Electric News

Utility Sued by Relatives of Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims

Relatives of 18 of the 36 people who died in the Oakland, Calif. “Ghost Ship” warehouse fire added Pacific Gas & Electric utility as a defendant in their wrongful death lawsuits. They claimed the company should have known the warehouse’s …

PG&E in California Announces $85M Diablo Canyon Closure Deal

Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay $85 million to neighboring cities and a school district affected by the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the California utility announced. The state’s largest utility reached a deal to …

California’s PG&E Found Guilty of Obstructing Investigators

A federal jury found California’s largest utility guilty of violating pipeline safety regulations before a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area and then misleading investigators about how it was identifying high-risk pipelines. After deliberating for …

California Gas Leak Follows Years of Lax Regulation of Aging Storage Wells

Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, Calif., utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. The leaking well’s owner, Southern California Gas Co., warned …

Judge Orders PG&E to Face Most Charges in Deadly California Pipeline Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. must face the most serious charges related to a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb as the utility heads to a jury trial next year over claims it ignored the …

California Commission Fines PG&E $530K For Safety Violations

The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012. The commission says in a Friday statement that the fines include $430,000 for failing to …

PG&E Worker In California Wins $1 Million In Lawsuit

A former power line worker for Pacific Gas & Electric has been awarded more than $1 million in a wrongful termination suit that claimed he was fired after making safety complaints. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported 44-year-old Matthew Niswonger filed …

Parents Of Woman Crushed By Tree In California Sue PG&E

The parents of a camp counselor crushed to death by a falling tree near Yosemite National Park are suing Pacific Gas & Electric and the camp’s arborist. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the family of 21-year-old Annais Rittenberg contends the …

PG&E To Check Gas Pipeline Vulnerability

Pacific Gas & Electric is checking for leaks in 180 segments of its natural gas pipeline system which may be vulnerable to corrosion, including part of a line where an explosion killed eight people in 2010. The utility announced Tuesday …