PG&E offered the money as a settlement, but refused to admit that it failed to maintain a safe gas system.
Pacific Gas and Electric considers 239 of its natural gas transmission lines to be at risk of failing – in a fashion similar to the line that exploded in San Bruno almost two years ago.
PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said the San Bruno Avenue fire presented a “unique situation.” In a normal situation crews can shutoff a building’s gas valve but in this case the valve was too close to the fire.
Assemblyman Jerry Hill and a consumer watchdog group want the PUC to intervene in a proposal in which they claim PG&E would profit off of ratepayers for gas line improvements in the wake of the San Bruno explosion.
The utility said that they failed to check about 14 miles of pipeline in Contra Costa County after misplacing maps.
In a major concession to SmartMeter opponents, the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has proposed allowing customers to keep their old analog meters, and not switch to a SmartMeter, for a fee.
The head of Pacific Gas and Electric Company acknowledged Tuesday that the utility company is responsible for a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion.
Another PG&E gas transmission pipeline is raising eyebrows, this time in Palo Alto. The trouble spot is about 1.5 miles of pipeline 109, which runs along Arastradero Road between Middlefield and Alma.
The price tag to replace just one power pole and its missing transformer: $12,000.
Some Pacific Gas and Electric Co. SmartMeters can overcharge customers when they become too hot.