PG&E Sentenced to $3 Million Fine, Court-Appointed Oversight

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A law enforcement official runs towards a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A federal judge sentenced PG&E Thursday to a $3 million fine, court-appointed oversight of its gas system and five years of probation. In August, PG&E was convicted of violating federal pipeline safety regulations and obstructing a National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed 8 people. The fine and the probation length were both the maximum allowed. We’ll discuss what the sentence means for PG&E and pipeline safety.


Lisa Pickoff-White, data reporter and senior producer, KQED

Rene Morales, mother of Jessica Morales, who died in the San Bruno pipeline explosion