Prosecutors: PG&E resisted record keeping change after blast

Jan 13, 2016 7:26 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors in a criminal case stemming from a deadly natural-gas explosion in California say a former Pacific Gas & Electric company employee experienced resistance when she tried to improve the company's record keeping.

Investigators have blamed the 2010 blast in part on shoddy record keeping at PG&E based on incomplete and inaccurate pipeline information.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a court filing this week that Leslie McNiece, a former PG&E employee, would testify that another PG&E employee asked her to destroy documents and that she found other documents in a trash bin. Prosecutors say those documents show PG&E was aware that its records lacked information about a previous leak on the gas line that exploded.

PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper said in a statement the company unequivocally disagreed with the claims in the government's filing.

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