SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. says it has lost 12 years of gas-line repair records for part of the San Francisco Bay Area.
It's the largest such gap to emerge since the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion was blamed on incomplete and inaccurate documentation.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Monday that in testimony before a regulatory judge at a recent California Public Utilities Commission hearing, PG&E executives admitted that no one can find original paper records of gas-pipeline repairs made from 1979 to 1991 in the company's De Anza division. That division includes eight cities in the South Bay.
The missing records constitute a central issue as the judge considers whether to fine PG&E for documentation problems on its network of gas distribution lines, the newspaper reported. Company officials say their gas system is safe.