Under fire for failing to enforce pipeline safety laws, the PUC issues new guidelines and fines.
Utility says money will come from shareholders, not ratepayers, in settlements with 347 victims of blast.
The California Public Utilities Commission’s Consumer Protection and Safety Division recommended today that PG&E pay $2.25 billion for negligence leading up to the San Bruno pipeline explosion and fire in September 2010. The blaze killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. The proposed penalty includes a $300 million fine to be paid into the state’s […]
by Jon Brooks and Laird Harrison Robert Cagen, a California Public Utilities Commission lawyer who was working on the penalty case against PG&E relating to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, emailed KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler today with the following: “I personally could not continue working on the San Bruno penalty briefs because I concluded […]
Update Jun 6: A CPUC lawyer who says he was working on the penalty case against PG&E emailed KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler that “he could not personally continue working on the San Bruno penalty briefs because I concluded that the CPSD recommendations that were to be made in the briefs were unlawful and contrary to […]
More than 4,700 PG&E customers in San Francisco lost power Wednesday afternoon when a bunch of mylar balloons hit a power line. KQED happened to be one of those customers.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Several Pacific Gas & Electric transformers in San Jose were damaged after being hit by gunfire early Tuesday, and state officials urged the utility’s customers in the San Jose area to conserve electricity in response. Authorities received multiple phone calls reporting gun shots near the utility’s substation at 1:46 a.m. […]
by Francesca Segre Members of the Bethany Presbyterian Church in San Bruno are celebrating a new mosaic mural that commemorates the lives and homes lost in the 2010 gas pipeline explosion. Of the eight people who died in the gas explosion and fire, three were members of the Bullis family, who attend Bethany Presbyterian Church. […]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. rates are set to increase by $299 million to help pay for pipeline inspection and upgrade costs in the wake of the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb. The state Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the rate increase on Thursday. […]
A.M. Splash: Obama to Expand Marine Sanctuary; Oakland Keeps Money from Overpaid Tickets; Pipeline Improvements May Raise PG&E Rates
Obama to expand national marine sanctuaries, permanently ban oil drilling, up Sonoma and Mendocino coasts (SJ Mercury News) In a move that would permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California coast, the Obama administration is scheduled this morning to announce plans to expand two northern California marine sanctuaries, extending them […]