PG&E To Pay $86.5 Million To Settle Charges of Improper Ex Parte Communications With Regulators

PG&E To Pay $86.5 Million To Settle Charges of Improper Ex Parte Communications With Regulators

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has agreed to pay $86.5 million to settle allegations that it had improper ex parte communications with two former members of the California Public Utilities Commission and their staffs. Email communications between PG&E and the PUC indicating a close relationship between the utility and its regulators were exposed during litigation arising out of the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of a PG&E natural gas pipeline beneath San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Less than a year ago, a federal jury convicted PG&E of pipeline safety violations and violating pipeline safety codes and obstructing a federal investigation into the explosion. [3/30/17]

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