CPUC considering fine against PG&E for faulty pipeline

PG&E could be hit with a massive multi-million dollar fine today by the California Public Utilities Commission.
December 19, 2013 12:01:00 PM PST
PG&E could be hit with a massive multi-million dollar fine today by the California Public Utilities Commission over failing to disclose faulty pipeline records in San Carlos. Some say that situation could have led to another disaster like the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010.

The CPUC is considering a fine of more than $14 million against PG&E. The utility is charged with not disclosing a faulty pipeline back in October of 2012 and then quietly changing the records almost a year later.

"We are talking about a chronic, repeated pattern of PG&E not being trustworthy when it comes to pipeline inspection, when it comes to pipeline safety. And yes, we are really concerned about that," said Mark Toney, The Utility Reform Network.

"My feeling is throw the book at PG&E for what they did in San Carlos. I hope the book is substantial and nut full of feathers," said San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane.

The mayor of San Carlos took to the podium and asked the commission to continue this issue until January or February; he says he feels the process has been rushed.

The CPUC fine could range anywhere between $6 million and $16 million.


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