Calif. To Probe PG&E Records Over Fatal Gas Blast

Law360, New York (February 25, 2011, 4:34 PM EST) -- The California Public Utilities Commission is investigating Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s gas transmission records to determine whether it should face penalties after a natural gas pipeline explosion killed eight people and destroyed nearly 40 homes.

The regulator said Thursday that its penalty consideration phase would tackle whether PG&E's record keeping for gas transmission pipelines was unsafe or unlawful and whether any deficient record keeping practices contributed to the explosion in San Bruno, Calif., on Sept. 9.

"The CPUC has had staff investigating the explosion in...
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