State regulators call for $300M fine against PG&E

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) California regulators are calling on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines for a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast.

They say it would be the largest fine in the history of the state Public Utilities Commission.

The commission’s safety division filed an amended brief in the pipeline case Tuesday calling for the fine. Regulators had originally recommended no fine and instead called on PG&E to spend $2.25 billion on pipeline safety improvements.

Under the amended brief, $300 million of that amount would go into the state’s general fund in the form of a fine.

A call to PG&E for comment was not immediately returned.

The blast in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of San Bruno killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
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