CPUC to File Revised PG&E Penalty
The California Public Utilities Commission is set to file a revised penalty proposal Monday for Pacific Gas and Electric’s part in the fatal San Bruno gas line explosion in September 2010.
Attorneys with the regulator last week asked to withdraw the controversial proposal filed previously. They had refused to sign the earlier proposal, which critics say would have given PG&E credit for money it has already spent on pipeline safety since the disaster.
The attorneys were removed from the case, and then reinstated after the shake-up became public. The legal team last week got approval to submit a new filing to "correct certain inaccuracies."
"I see that as a step in the right direction," says San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. "Where it’s all going to go from here remains to be seen. We haven’t seen the new brief, so we look forward to that."
PG&E will have until July 25 to respond to the CPUC’s proposed fine.