California attorney general investigates regulator

Oct 10, 2014 5:28 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A newspaper reports that California's attorney general has opened an investigation into the state public utilities commission.

The Sacramento Bee, citing emails from Attorney General Kamala Harris's office, says the attorney general has notified the utilities commission that it is under investigation in connection with the deadly 2010 explosion of a gas line belonging to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The newspaper says state investigators are also looking into dealings between the commission and PG&E on rate-setting cases and other matters.

Nicholas Picilio, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, declined comment Friday on the Sacramento Bee report.

PG&E said Monday that federal investigators were looking into what critics describe as the commission's back-room handling of regulatory matters affecting PG&E. Commission president Michael Peevey announced Thursday he would not seek reappointment to the board.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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