PG&E Ordered to Improve Safety Culture, Operations

California regulators on Thursday ordered Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to implement improvement in its safety culture and operations based on recommendations from an independent consultant.

November 30, 2018

Federal Judge Questions PG&E About Role in Latest California Wildfires

A federal judge in San Francisco overseeing Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) probation following its criminal conviction in the fatal September 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion, demanded answers this week about the utility’s role in the deadly wildfire in Northern California that has killed scores of people.

November 29, 2018

PG&E’s New Center Focused on Natural Gas Safety, Innovation

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) recently opened a facility in San Francisco’s East Bay to develop the tools and test resources to bolster natural gas transportation and storage operations.

August 23, 2017

PG&E Found Guilty on Five of 11 Counts in San Bruno NatGas Pipeline Tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) was found guilty by a federal jury in San Francisco on Tuesday on five of 11 counts of violating natural gas pipeline safety regulations related to the September 2010 San Bruno natural gas transmission pipeline explosion that killed eight people (see Daily GPI, Sept. 13, 2010).

August 10, 2016

PG&E Pays $300M San Bruno Pipeline Fine

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) said Friday it has paid a $300 million fine assessed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the combination utility’s complicity in the 2010 San Bruno natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and explosion that killed eight people.

August 14, 2015

Second California Regulator Drops Out of PG&E Penalty Case

A second California regulator mixed up in the email communications violations tied to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has excused himself from a pending review of two regulatory judges’ proposed $1.4 billion in penalties for PG&E’s negligence in a fatal natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and explosion four years ago.

October 17, 2014

State, Local Officials Seek Investigation of PG&E, CPUC

State and local elected officials from around San Bruno, CA, on Friday called for California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the latest revelations of inappropriate state regulator-utility contact evolving from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) pending natural gas system rate case (see Daily GPI, Sept. 16).

September 19, 2014

PG&E Goes to Court on Latest Criminal Indictment

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.. (PG&E) lawyers went to federal court Monday, responding to a superseding indictment charging the San Francisco-based combination utility with obstructing a safety investigation and violating the 1968 Pipeline Safety Act (PSA) related to the rupture in 2010 of a natural gas transmission pipeline that killed eight people in San Bruno, CA (see Daily GPI, July 31).

August 19, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Alleges CPUC-PG&E Rule Violations

As another one of the negative twists in the nearly four-year-old saga of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and the fatal September 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline rupture in San Bruno, CA, the consumer watchdog The Utility Reform Network (TURN) on Tuesday charged both the utility and state regulators with malfeasance in handling the aftermath of the tragedy.

August 14, 2014

Pipe Safety Prompts CPUC to Re-Examine Basic Rate Cases

Dipping into a regulatory body’s bread and butter, California regulators on Thursday voted unanimously to re-tool the state’s general rate case process to make public safety determinations about the utility infrastructure they oversee. The specter of the fatal 2010 San Bruno natural gas transmission pipeline failure and its aftermath were cited as drivers for the new statewide examination.

November 15, 2013
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