PG&E slapped with record $1.6 billion penalty for fatal San Bruno explosion

As reported by the San Jose Mercury News:

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SAN FRANCISCO — State regulators slapped PG&E with a record-setting $1.6 billion penalty Thursday for causing the fatal gas-pipeline explosion in San Bruno more than four years ago, after a hearing marked by emotional statements from victims of the blast and sharp words about continued flaws in the utility’s safety record.

“PG&E is safer. But I just don’t believe PG&E is safe enough,” Michael Picker, president of the state Public Utilities Commission, told this newspaper in an interview after the PUC voted 4-0 to levy the penalty. Citing numerous lapses involving PG&E’s sprawling natural gas pipeline system since the 2010 San Bruno explosion, Picker said he was ordering the PUC to conduct a wide-ranging probe into PG&E’s safety culture.

Thursday’s hearing and the contentious process that led up to it brought almost as much scrutiny and criticism of the PUC as it did of PG&E. Federal regulators sharply criticized how …

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  1. I thought the original fine was to be $3 Billion.
    One might just think the CPUC IS MAKING HEADLINES.
    look at what happened PACIFIC GAS & Electric saved $1.4 Billion and we are lead to believe the CPUC is looking after the CITIZENS of California.
    And now I must pay my Utility Bill

  2. Roger V. Tranfaglia says

    Will they pay it???……….Probably not……

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