Federal Charges Likely Against PG&E Over San Bruno

Mar 27 2014, 6:44pm CDT | by

Federal Charges Likely Against PG&E Over San Bruno
Photo Credit: Forbes Business

California utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., announced today it expects federal officials to bring criminal charges against the company in connection with a 2010 gas-pipeline blast in San Bruno, California.

In an official statement, PG&E said it is negotiating with the U.S. Attorney’s office. A disclosure document was filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission by PG&E Corp. and its subsidiary.

PG&E “Now expects that the U.S. Attorney will charge that PG&E’s past operating practices violated the federal Pipeline Safety Act in areas such as record keeping, pipeline integrity management and identification of pipeline threats,” it said in a statement. The Company expects the legal proceedings to be lengthy.

PG&E stated it thinks any criminal charges would not be merited and, as its employees did not intentionally violate federal pipeline safety laws.

In a prepared statement, PG&E Chairman and CEO Tony Earley, who was brought in to lead PG&E in 2011 after the San Bruno accident, said the company has tried “to do the right thing for victims.”

“San Bruno was a tragic accident that caused a great deal of pain for many people,” he said in the statement. “We’re accountable for that and make no excuses.”

Early said the utility “learned the tragic lesson of San Bruno that safety must always come first.”

“Toward this end, we’ve implemented enormous change here at PG&E,” he said. “We’re working to transform this 100-plus-year-old natural gas system into the safest and most reliable in America.”

PG&E said, “Even where mistakes were made, employees were acting in good faith to provide customers with safe, reliable, affordable, clean energy.”

Last year, PG&E announced it would pay out $565 million in legal settlements and other claims stemming from the 2010 natural gas explosion that killed eight people and devastated a neighborhood. The company has taken actions including the commitment of $2.7 billion of shareholder money to fund safety-related work and the replacement of 127 miles of pipeline.

This article will be updated as the story develops.
/>

Source: Forbes Business

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Indian helping to light up Gambia (Diaspora Feature)
Banjul (Gambia), Nov 22 (IANS) Like many Indians who are proving to be philanthropists around Africa, Ram Mohan has set up a social business called Comafrique Intelizon Initiative and has embarked on the replacement of candles in villages in the Gambia with solar lights from India.
 
 
Leopards in human areas not conflict animals: Study
New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Leopards in human areas are not always "stray" or "conflict" animals but residents with strategies to thrive in human dominated areas, says the first GPS-based study of leopards in India.
 
 
Golf courses are hotspots for ticks
Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) Golf courses are prime habitats for ticks, the tiny bloodsucking creatures, says a new study.
 
 
How tweets can gauge unemployment levels
London, Nov 22 (IANS) How people tweet during day and night can be used to gauge unemployment levels, a new study suggests.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

In-form golfer Lahiri leads field at King's Cup
Khon Kaen (Thailand), Nov 22 (IANS) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will headline a stellar field at next week's King's Cup which will feature over 30 Asian Tour champions. Lahiri, who has already won twice this season...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Srikanth loses in Hong Kong Open semis
Hong Kong, Nov 22 (IANS) Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth's good run in the $350,000 Hong Kong Open Super Series came to an end as he lost to top seed Chen Long of China in the men's singles semifinal here Saturday....
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Indian helping to light up Gambia (Diaspora Feature)
Banjul (Gambia), Nov 22 (IANS) Like many Indians who are proving to be philanthropists around Africa, Ram Mohan has set up a social business called Comafrique Intelizon Initiative and has embarked on the replacement of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
'Whelan should quit football'
London, Nov 22 (IANS) Stephen Perry, chairman of England's 48 Group Club, has said that under-fire Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan should quit after being accused of antisemitism and racism. "Mr Whelan needs to...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Fudadin to replace Bravo in Windies Test squad
St. John's (Antigua), Nov 22 (IANS/CMC) Guyana left-hander Assad Fudadin will replace Darren Bravo in the 15-man Test squad for the tour of South Africa, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced. The 29-year-old...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Cardiff City owner accuses Wigan chairman, manager of racism
LONDON, Nov 22 (IANS) English football club Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has accused Wigan counterpart Dave Whelan and newly-appointed manager Malky Mackay of being racists. The Malaysian businessman, who is a...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Leopards in human areas not conflict animals: Study
New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Leopards in human areas are not always "stray" or "conflict" animals but residents with strategies to thrive in human dominated areas, says the first GPS-based study of leopards in India. The...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Burj Khalifa, the site for world's highest selfie
London, Nov 22 (IANS) Taking the selfie phenomenon to a new level, a 47-year-old British photographer captured an image of himself on top of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. Taking...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
'Exodusa' my biggest project: Ridley Scott
Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Ridley Scott, popular for his work in "Gladiator", "Aliensa and "Prometheus", says his upcoming English film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is the biggest project of his career even...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Nisha Desai Biswal headed to India ahead of Obama visit
Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Nisha Desai Biswal is heading to India Monday ahead of President Barack Obama's January visit to join India's Republic Day parade as chief...
Read more on Politics Balla