Judges: PG&E Improperly Declared 2 Pipelines Safe in California

August 22, 2013

Two judges are threatening to fine Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines in Northern California safe and using misleading regulatory filings to minimize the problem.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported 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 38 people.

PG&E denied it misled regulators and said the pipelines are safe.

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