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July 31, 2014
05:34 EDTPCGPG&E affirms commitment to safety, says federal charges are 'unwarranted'
Pacific Gas & Electric expressed confidence that the legal process will uphold its position that federal charges contained within a superseding indictment formally filed today are unwarranted. The charges relate to 27 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act as well as an allegation that the company attempted to obstruct a National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, investigation following the 2010 explosion of a natural gas transmission line in San Bruno. The superseding indictment, which replaces an indictment issued in April, was announced by the United States Attorney's Office, or USAO, in San Francisco late yesterday and filed today. "Based on all of the evidence we have seen to date and our review of the new indictment, we still do not believe that PG&E employees intentionally violated the federal Pipeline Safety Act, and that, even where mistakes were made, employees were acting in good faith to provide customers with safe and reliable energy. With respect to the allegation of obstruction, during the NTSB investigation PG&E responded to hundreds of questions and requests for information and documents from the NTSB on an expedited basis. In the one response questioned in the USAO charge, PG&E had submitted a cover sheet approval form mismatched to the wrong internal engineering document. PG&E corrected this error with a letter dated April 6, 2011. The NTSB published the letter on its accident investigation docket on September 30, 2011, and it has been publicly available since then. PG&E believes the letter is true and accurate and stands by it. We are confident the legal process will ensure all of the facts are fully reviewed. In the meantime, we want all of our customers to know that we will stay focused on transforming this 100-plus-year-old natural gas system into the safest and most reliable in the country. San Bruno was a tragic accident. We've taken accountability and are deeply sorry. We have worked hard to do the right thing for victims, their families and the community, and we will continue to do so. We are absolutely committed to re-earning the trust of all of the people we are fortunate to serve every day."
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August 31, 2015
08:38 EDTPCGPG&E completes repairs to transmission towers in Burlingame
PG&E crews completed temporary repairs to high-voltage electric transmission equipment in Burlingame after a third party doing construction work severely damaged a tower and related electrical equipment last Friday night, closing Highway 101. These towers carry power to the Peninsula and throughout San Francisco. PG&E partnered with the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans to allow the work to be conducted safely, without any risk to employees or the public. The repairs required the closure of a stretch of Highway 101 in Burlingame in San Mateo County, beginning at 10:00 p.m. Sunday and completed on schedule at just before 4:00 a.m. on Monday.
August 27, 2015
18:49 EDTPCGCalifornia Utilities Commission investigates PG&E safety practices
The California Public Utilities Commission began a formal investigation Thursday into whether Pacific Gas and Electric has corporate governance, clearly documented organizational goals and objectives, and work procedures that "prioritize and improve safety." CPUC President Michael Picker commented, "A public utility's track record of safely operating its system is dependent on more than messages and slogans. An effective safety culture is shaped by... most of all, the accountability set by the top leadership." The CPUC will evaluate PG&E's organizational culture, governance, policies, practices, and accountability metrics in relation to its record of operations, including its record of safety incidents. The CPUC will analyze the methods used by PG&E's board of directors and executive leadership to hold themselves and management accountable for their decisions and actions, including executive compensation policies. "PG&E has invested in safety improvements, added new board members with safety experience, and reorganized to prioritize gas operations safety. But accidents and events affecting the safety of the general public, its customers, and others continue to occur on PG&E's system, prompting the CPUC to take a deeper look." The CPUC's safety and enforcement division will retain the services of an independent expert consultant with experience in auditing corporate governance and accountability, not to exceed $2M. PG&E will reimburse the CPUC for the consultant services, said the Commission. Reference Link
August 19, 2015
16:47 EDTPCGPG&E names Melissa Lavinson as Chief Sustainability Officer
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