May 6th, 2013
08:42 PM ET

California utility may be hit with $2.25B fine

The state of California is set to fine Pacific Gas and Electric Company $2.25 billion for the deadly San Bruno, California, pipeline rupture in September 2010.

The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission recommended the penalty for three cases arising from the Sept. 9, 2010, incident, which killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes.

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  1. vikingwoman

    Hmmm, seems CNN is duplicating its non-articles! A) 3 lines saying the exact same thing twice, is twice as non-enlightening, B) I get blocked when I duplicate my comments!!

    May 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    Just more ammo for activist nationally fighting Keystone for their wanting crude piped across America and this pipeline buried decades ago that finally let go wiping out a California neighborhood..Whether its crude oil or natural gas regulations have to be updated and inspections done routinely especially on old systems that are past their point of usefulness and become weapons of destruction if repairs aren't done in a timely manner to keep them safe especially again around residential areas as in this case...So in this case make PS&G pay dearly for their incompetence and make an example of them ..And courts nationwide are going after corporations using dangerous chemicals in the fracking process to obtain natural gas that cause cancer and other medical maladies ,deaths in adults and sometimes lead to death and deformities in new born fetuses ..EPA has been useless up to now on regulations derailed because of a deal made between Cheney and the EPA while he was VP under Bushs administration that prevented EPA from getting MSDS sheets of illegal chemicals until now in courts in Pennsylvania,Delaware...Corporations your time has come to pay the piper and the piper is America and its citizens !!

    May 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    There are more underground pipelines, either abandoned or in service than all the highways in the US. Some date back to the early 20th century. California has thousands....some are mapped....some ??? Who knows!

    May 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @tony,ever hear of asbuilts,states require them bud..And that's where surveyors come in having to plot out for area maps so this crap is covered for maintenence abandoned or active...

      May 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @ Pete...Having worked with with hazardous waste remediation firms, I can tell you many underground pipelines are so old that all records have been lost...and just as bad, how many land developers disclose what runs under those new subdivisions in the Burbs?

      May 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |