Audit finds problems in pipe oversight after deadly blast

Apr 13, 2015 3:43 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new audit says state regulators aren't doing enough to ensure the safety of California's natural gas pipelines.

The state-commissioned audit of California's Public Utilities Commission comes after federal investigators faulted the regulatory board and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in suburban San Francisco.

The review says the state's utility commissioners fail to give clear direction on maintaining California's 100,000 miles of natural gas pipelines.

The audit also cites problems such as an average eight-month delay in processing pipeline inspection reports.

Commission spokeswoman Terrie Prosper says the commission has taken steps to deal with problems cited by auditors.

The commission issued a record-setting $1.6 billion penalty against PG&E last week in the San Bruno blase. PG&E has said it won't appeal.

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