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Judge Proposes $6.7 Million Fine For PG&E Pipeline

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 11:59am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge is proposing that Pacific Gas and Electric Company pay $6.7 million in fines for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines safe and using misleading records in an attempt to minimize the lapse. A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge issued the fine proposal after finding substantial record keeping errors regarding two San Francisco Bay area pipelines.

Both pipelines are in the same system as one that exploded in 2010, killing eight people and destroying dozens of homes in San Bruno. Two judges found that PG&E was running one pipeline at too high a pressure after improper testing, and that the company minimized this and other lapses as data "errata" in pipeline safety filings. Brittany Chord, a PG&E spokesperson, said the company is reviewing the decision.

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