"PG&E Faces Big Fine for Flawed San Carlos Pipe"

"Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should pay a $6.75 million fine for delaying the disclosure of record-keeping flaws on a San Carlos gas pipeline that were 'distressingly similar' to problems that contributed to the San Bruno gas line disaster of 2010, a regulatory judge ruled Wednesday."

"In a sternly worded recommendation to the California Public Utilities Commission, Administrative Law Judge Maribeth Bushey concluded that PG&E showed "a lack of candor and appreciation of the public interest" by waiting several months to formally notify the state of the problems on its San Carlos gas transmission line.

When PG&E finally disclosed the problems, it did so in a routine filing that gave no acknowledgement of the gravity of such flawed records, the judge said. The utility has insisted all along that the line has been tested and is safe."

Jaxon Van Derbeken reports for the San Francisco Chronicle October 30, 2013.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 10/31/2013