CPUC Returns $375,000 From PG&E

By Kiana Bellinger
|  Monday, Dec 23, 2013  |  Updated 10:19 AM PDT
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CPUC Returns $375,000 From PG&E

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The California Public Utilities Commission returned a check of $375,000 from PG&E on Friday after safety regulators realized accepting the money could risk their attempts to fine the utility as high as $2.5 billion in violations, following the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the commission  fined PG&E earlier this month for lacking a legally required procedure to systematically monitor its gas-transmission pipelines, which involves checking problems with leaks and improper pressure levels.

The safety division said, PG&E's gas-safety practices were "disconnected and did not result in effective" monitoring of its major pipelines.

The 2010 blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

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