PG&E Fined $24.3 Million for Inaccurate Records on Natural Gas Pipelines

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seeks $24.3 million from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for failure to maintain accurate records of its natural gas distribution system.

CPUC reported Wednesday that it previously fined PG&E $10.8 million for a natural gas explosion in 2014 that demolished a cottage in Carmel. This incident elicited an investigation into PG&E to study its record-keeping of its gas distribution system.

The investigation found that PG&E relied on false records of underground gas lines, which led to damaged pipelines during excavation, interrupted gas service, and ultimately the explosion in Carmel.

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Fox 40 via The Associated Press