PG&E Says $2B Penalty For Pipeline Blast Is Too High

Law360, San Diego (May 28, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT) -- Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Friday disputed California officials’ recommendation to impose a $2.25 billion penalty against it for alleged safety violations leading up to a 2010 fatal pipeline explosion, arguing it was “excessive" and "disproportionate.”

The safety and enforcement division of the California Public Utilities Commission on May 6 advised the agency to hit the utility with the record penalty for three cases stemming from the PG&E pipeline rupture on Sept. 9, 2010, in San Bruno that killed eight people and damaged 38 homes....
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