SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The City of San Bruno is making their case against what they call a cozy relationship between PG&E and its regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), after the city obtained emails through a lawsuit following the deadly gas pipeline explosion in 2010 that leveled a neighborhood, killing eight people.
Before Monday morning’s news conference at the PUC’s office in San Francisco, San Bruno officials said the emails indicate an unprofessional, unethical, inappropriate and illegal relationship between the utility company and its regulators. They’re seeking to dismiss the commission’s President Michael Peevey and have formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to fire him.READ MORE: UPDATE: Estrada Fire Containment 35%; Evacuation Orders Downgraded as Crews Mop Up
In addition, they want a criminal investigation to be conducted on both county and state levels with the potential for fines to be imposed.
San Bruno’s mayor, Jim Ruane, reiterated that sentiment.
“These emails provide documented proof that the president of the CPUC and his top staff privately received information from PG&E regarding internal deliberations and financial conditions outside of the CPUC’s public-hearing process.”