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PG&E Fined $3 Million over Safety Records

Magazine article Information Management

PG&E Fined $3 Million over Safety Records

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State regulators have fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $3 million for what they called "willful non-compliance" related to the company's failure to provide key documents about gas transmission pipelines.

After a PG&E pipeline in San Bruno exploded in September 2010, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes, California's Public Utilities Commission ordered the utility to submit by March 15 records that proved the safety of pressure levels for 1,805 miles of its gas-transmission system, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

In its filing, PG&E cited historical records justifying the levels on 455 miles and admitted it had no records for an additional 140 miles.

The commission voted to fine the utility $1 million a day for each day it failed to produce the documents, but then struck a deal with PG&E in which the utility would be fined $3 million immediately and an additional $3 million if it doesn't follow a compliance timetable. PG&E agreed to the deal and promised to keep looking for the requested documents. …

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