PG&E Expects New Indictment Over San Bruno Explosion

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    File photo: San Bruno fire.

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is bracing itself for a new federal indictment against the company next month in connection with a deadly pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban California neighborhood in 2010.

    PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in San Bruno Pipeline Blast

    [BAY] PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in San Bruno Pipeline Blast
    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joe Rosato Jr. reports.

    In a June 3 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, PG&E announced that the U.S. Attorney's Office intended to file what is called a superseding indictment against the utility in July.

    Such an indictment would nullify the previous one issued in April and may be issued because charges have either been added or altered.

    PG&E was charged in April with 12 federal felony violations of safety laws, which could carry fines of $6 million or more. It has pleaded not guilty.

    Company spokeswoman Debbie Felix says the government's case lacks merit.

    PG&E: Federal Charges Likely in San Bruno Blast

    [BAY] PG&E: Federal Charges Likely in San Bruno Blast
    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jean Elle reports.

    A message seeking comment from the U.S. Attorney's Office wasn't immediately returned.