Regulators penalize PG&E $1.6 billion for pipeline blast

Apr 9, 2015 12:46 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has voted to penalize Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $1.6 billion for a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion.

The commission voted 4 to 0 Thursday on the penalty proposed last month by Commission President Michael Picker.

The fine is $200 million higher than one recommended by administrative law judges last year.

Federal investigators faulted both PG&E, the state's largest power utility, and lax oversight by the utilities commission in the 2010 explosion, which killed eight people in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno.

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