SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The California Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco Thursday allowed PG&E to raise the pressure in a controversial natural gas pipeline in San Carlos to a normal operating level.
At the same time, the commission fined the utility $14.35 million for submitting a misleading and seven-months-late correction of information about seams in the pipeline.
“The CPUC expects nothing less than forthright and timely disclosure in all matters of public safety,” said Commissioner Mark Ferron, who proposed the fine.
“This fine sends a strong signal to PG&E, and to all of the utilities that we regulate, that delay and obfuscation will not be tolerated,” Ferron said.
“PG&E needs to rebuild the public’s trust,” said Commissioner Michel Florio.