A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) spokesperson said Thursday that it will be another two months before proposed decisions are completed by the administrative law judges (ALJ) overseeing the multiple-case penalty phase of proceedings on Pacific Gas and Electric Co.‘s (PG&E) 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline rupture that killed eight in a residential section of San Bruno, CA. A CPUC safety staff proposal has called for a $2.25 billion penalty (see Daily GPI, May 7, 2013), something the combination utility says is excessive (see Daily GPI, Aug. 23, 2013). Other parties are seeking much more. Noting that the proposed ALJ decisions are coming within the next 60 days, the CPUC spokesperson said that once the decisions are submitted, there is a 30-day period in which parties may appeal. After any appeals are resolved, the proposals are to go to the five-member CPUC for a final decision.
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