SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A review of public records shows the agency responsible for regulating public utilities has taken a mostly hands-off approach to violations by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday that even though PG&E had more pipeline infractions than the rest of the state's major pipelines combined over a six-year period, the California Public Utilities Commission did not levy a single fine on the utility during that period.
The newspaper says its review of CPUC records found that PG&E accounted for almost 60 percent of the probable violations of federal safety laws found by regulators between 2004 and 2009.
The report comes after word that a CPUC panel will review last month's PG&E pipeline blast in San Bruno that killed eight people.
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