Southern California Gas Co. Fined $3.3M Over 2017 California Pipeline Blast

A 2017 explosion caused by a leaking pipeline in Ontario (east of Los Angeles) resulted in the injury of one person. Southern California Gas Co, the company responsible, has now been fined $3.3 million for the incident.

The Public Utilities Commission said that the utility refused to test a damaged pipeline section that was removed. Southern California Gas argued that testing it would destroy lawsuit evidence that it is obligated to preserve.

Southern California Gas Co. was accused for putting "fear of civil damages ahead of public safety." in PUC citation.

The utility says it's has cooperated with the PUC throughout the investigation as well as complied with state and federal regulations, investigated the cause of the incident and completed repairs.