The CPUC today proposed fining PG&E $3 million for being out of compliance with its order to justify the pressure levels on older, untested segments of its gas pipeline. An additional $3 million fine would be held in suspension, pending PG&E coming into full compliance with the order.
PG&E spokesperson Terrie Prosper said that the compliance plan and the fine will be discussed at a hearing on Monday and will be subject to a vote by commissioners.
Last week, after PG&E made its filing with the CPUC, the agency's Executive Director gave a fairly scathing interview to KQED's Tara Siler.
"I'm amazed to tell you that PG&E, far short of providing complete records..., gave us no records on their grandfathered pipelines," he said. "Except, for some reason, going back to show us how they set the maximum operating pressure during the grandfathering process back in 1970. That is beside the point, and that tells me that PG&E has not learned the lessons from San Bruno."
Clanon said that PG&E was most definitely not in compliance with the CPUC order to prove the safety of its pipeline, and he threatened to fine the company as much as $1 million per day until it was.