PG&E faces state deadline on pipeline records

In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

April 18, 2011 7:00:22 AM PDT
PG&E is facing another big deadline; it involves the company's record keeping and whether it contributed to the explosion and fire in San Bruno last fall that killed eight people.

A federal investigation concluded that PG&E's records failed to mention welds in the pipeline that exploded last September. The California Public Utilities Commission will investigate if the record keeping error contributed to the disaster and if PG&E violated any laws.

PG&E must provide the response to the PUC as part of a larger investigation that began in February. The company has already missed a deadline and could face millions in fines if it fails to produce more records.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, PG&E has already indicated it objects to the tone of this probe. PG&E's attorneys told the newspaper that it seems to be starting with a presumption of guilt.