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Poor Natural Gas Pipeline Recordkeeping After Explosion Results in $14.4M Fine

A California appeals court recently upheld a $14.4 million fine issued against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (“PG&E”) by the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) for improper reporting of the pressure in a natural gas pipeline that had previously exploded in 2010, killing eight and destroying 38 homes. After the pipeline explosion in San Bruno, the CPUC fined PG&E $1.6 billion. CPUC’s investigation found that PG&E’s recordkeeping on its transmission pipeline records was substantially insufficient. They ordered PG&E to reduce pipeline operating pressure by 20…

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