PG&E can't complete pipeline records order

SAN FRANCISCO

The utility said to properly test 700 miles of pipe that it has in California it would cost between $125,000 and $500,000 per mile. PG&E said it would take five years to do it, would disrupt service and could weaken the lines because of the high pressure involved in the testing. It does plan to test about 100 miles of pipe.

PG&E said if the CPUC insists on the testing its going to reconsider its offer to pay a $3 million fine and to provide documents this coming August.

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