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July 3, 2012 | 8:58 am

A.M. Splash: PG&E Asks for 16% Rate Hike; Police Clear Demonstrators from Oakland School; State Workers Agree to Furloughs

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PG&E rate plan would cost 15.6% more typically (SF Chronicle) Pacific Gas and Electric Co. asked California regulators on Monday for permission to collect an extra $5.25 billion from its customers over three years to make the company’s electricity and natural gas delivery networks safer and more reliable. If approved, the proposal would raise a […]

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PG&E Hasn’t Done Quake Assessment For Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Since 1988

May 30, 2012 | 2:31 pm

PG&E Hasn’t Done Quake Assessment For Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Since 1988

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by Daniel J. Goldstein, The Bay Citizen PG&E and Southern California Edison, operators of California’s two nuclear power reactors, haven’t done a comprehensive risk assessment of their plants’ vulnerabilities to earthquakes for nearly two decades, according to a Government Accountability Office report released yesterday. The report, which looked at more than 100 operating nuclear reactors in […]

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PG&E Says Power Restored to 7,000 Customers in San Francisco

January 5, 2012 | 1:05 pm

PG&E Says Power Restored to 7,000 Customers in San Francisco

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Update 1:08 p.m. PG&E says power has now been restored to all homes. Original post About 7,000 PG&E customers are without power in San Francisco this morning, a utility spokeswoman said. The outage was reported at about 10 a.m. and is affecting customers in the city’s Western Addition and Laurel Heights neighborhoods, PG&E spokeswoman Fiona […]

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PG&E Says It’s Liable for the San Bruno Pipeline Accident; Victims’ Attorneys Unimpressed

December 13, 2011 | 8:12 pm

PG&E Says It’s Liable for the San Bruno Pipeline Accident; Victims’ Attorneys Unimpressed

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Update 8:10 p.m.: Per this Bay Area News Group article, attorneys for San Bruno victims are unimpressed with PG&E’s mea culpa: (V)ictims’ attorneys questioned whether the announcement is a genuine act of contrition or just a publicity stunt intended to rehabilitate the company’s bruised image. Frank Pitre, who represents many of the victims, said it’s […]

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PG&E Fixing Woodside Pipe That Failed Pressure Test

November 7, 2011 | 10:44 am

PG&E Fixing Woodside Pipe That Failed Pressure Test

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Engineers with PG&E are figuring out how best to remove and replace a two-foot-long section of gas pipeline in Woodside that burst after failing a pressure test on Sunday. It’s a section of Line 132: the ill-fated conduit that exploded under a neighborhood in San Bruno in September 2010, leveling homes and killing eight people. […]

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November 7, 2011 | 8:33 am

A.M. Splash: PG&E Pipe Ruptures; CSU Faculty Plans Brief Walkout; Chinatown Politics

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PG&E pipe ruptures, causing I-280 landslide (SF Chronicle) A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. natural gas pipeline ruptured Sunday afternoon during a high-pressure water test that ripped a hole in a Peninsula hillside, sending a deluge of mud and rocks onto Interstate 280 and partially closing the freeway for four hours. CSU faculty members plan […]

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September 26, 2011 | 3:22 pm

NTSB Releases Final San Bruno Report, Video

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The NTSB has released its final, 140-page report on the San Bruno disaster (pdf) of a year ago. Here is the Executive Summary, Investigation Synopsis, and 28 Findings, which were released last month at a scathing hearing on the causes of the accident. That capped an agency investigation that pinned the blame squarely on organizational […]

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San Bruno Stories: “They cut corners, took shortcuts, looked for ways to interpret federal law in a manner that would benefit them financially”

September 9, 2011 | 12:31 pm

San Bruno Stories: “They cut corners, took shortcuts, looked for ways to interpret federal law in a manner that would benefit them financially”

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Jerry Hill is a California State Assemblymember representing San Mateo County, where San Bruno lies. Below he reflects on the disaster and on PG&E’s and the California Public Utilities Commission’s culpability. An edited transcript follows the audio. Audio: Jerry Hill reflects on San Bruno disaster I was driving north on highway 101, going to present […]

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San Bruno Stories: “She’s screaming into her cell phone, and all I heard was screaming”

September 9, 2011 | 11:14 am

San Bruno Stories: “She’s screaming into her cell phone, and all I heard was screaming”

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September 9 marks the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire in which eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. Leading up to the anniversary, KQED has been interviewing survivors of the disaster. This is Part 5. Click here for Parts 1-4. Bill Magoolaghan’s wife, Betty, was eight months pregnant […]

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San Bruno Stories: “I knew our house and the greatest cats in the world were gone, but I was smiling…”

September 8, 2011 | 2:58 pm

San Bruno Stories: “I knew our house and the greatest cats in the world were gone, but I was smiling…”

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September 9 will mark the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire in which eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. Leading up to the anniversary, KQED is interviewing survivors of the disaster. This is Part 4; click here for Parts 1-3. Gene O’Neil has lived in San Bruno for […]

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