- California regulators have refunded $375K to Pacific Gas & Electric (PCG) over concerns the fine payment could jeopardize a potentially larger penalty against the utility for the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.
- The Public Utilities Commission’s safety enforcement division imposed the fine earlier this month after an audit determined PG&E lacked a procedure to systematically monitor its gas pipelines.
- However, attorneys and officials involved in the San Bruno case were worried that PG&E would use the $375K charge to challenge a potentially multibillion-dollar fine for the blast, since both stem from many of the same gas system problems.
Eyeing bigger penalty, California regulator refunds PG&E fine
Dec 24 2013, 08:23 ET