SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California utility under fire for a deadly natural gas explosion near San Francisco says it is missing 8 percent of the records it is required to keep to ensure its pipelines are running safely.
The company made the statement Tuesday after an exhaustive search of its records.
California regulators could order Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to conduct expensive and time-consuming tests if the utility cannot prove it set safe pressure levels for all its transmission lines running through densely populated areas.
The California Public Utilities Commission previously directed
PG&E and other California utilities to produce the paperwork following the revelation that the company's records about the ruptured San Bruno line were wrong.
The Sept. 9 blast sparked a massive fireball that killed eight people and destroyed three dozen homes.
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