PG&E (PCG -1.2%) and California investigators begin fresh talks to settle allegations that...

|By:, SA News Editor

PG&E (PCG -1.2%) and California investigators begin fresh talks to settle allegations that the utility violated state and federal safety rules prior to a fatal 2010 pipeline explosion. Public hearings were suspended in a ruling yesterday, saying a settlement "may be a reasonable alternative" to continued litigation and a decision that could come as late as mid-2013.