Hill wants CPUC to reject PG&E upgrade plan

October 20, 2011 1:14:14 PM PDT
Assemblyman Jerry Hill has asked the California Public Utilities Commission to reject a PG&E plan to have customers pay for most of the costs to upgrade its natural gas pipeline system.

A federal report found the utility company was negligent in the maintenance of its natural gas system following last September's natural gas pipeline explosion in a San Bruno neighborhood.

Eight people died and more than 30 homes were destroyed in the blast.

PG&E is now working to modernize its transmission lines and wants customers to pay for 90 percent of the project, which could cost more than $3 billion.