PG&E has asked the California Public Utilities Commission to allow it to raise natural gas rates by $1 billion over three years, but a ratepayer’s advocacy group is trying to prevent them from doing so.
The California Public Utilities Commission will decide on Thursday if they will adopt a new plan for repairs and upgrades to gas pipeline system. Their final decision will determine how PG&E shareholders and ratepayers will split the costs.
San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane is applauding the decision by former Sen. George Mitchell to step away from talks over how much Pacific Gas and Electric should be fined for the deadly 2010 pipeline disaster in his city’s Crestmoor neighborhood.
Former Sen. George Mitchell has been selected by the California Public Utilities Commission to mediate negotiations with PG&E over fines and penalties related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
An interview with Mark Toney with TURN on efforts being made by state regulators and utility companies to ensure pipeline safety in California.
Pacific Gas and Electric has asked state regulators for permission to pass along to consumers the cost of upgrading its natural gas transmission system to safety standards adopted after the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion.
Inmates at California’s state prisons have long complained about the difficulty and expense of making pay phone calls from inside their lockups to their friends, families and lawyers.
Following a scathing NTSB report that placed fault on the utility, PG&E is trying to figure out how to pay for the estimated $2 billion in necessary improvements.
If the utility can’t prove that its pipelines are safe, it may need to inspect and possibly even replace hundreds of miles of lines in California.
Consumer groups and some local officials are calling for a formal state investigation of last September’s deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.