California utility faces deadline on San Bruno pipeline records

Flames from a massive fire September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California on the day a gas pipeline exploded.
Flames from a massive fire September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California on the day a gas pipeline exploded. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Pacific Gas & Electric must tell California investigators Monday whether it believes a record-keeping error contributed to last year's deadly San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

The San Jose Mercury News reports PG&E must provide the response to the state Public Utilities Commission as part of a broader investigation that began in February. The company has already missed one deadline and could face millions of dollars in fines if it fails to produce records demanded by the PUC.

A federal investigation concluded that PG&E's computerized records failed to mention welds in the natural gas pipeline that exploded last September, killing eight people and destroying 38 houses.

PG&E's lawyers have objected to the probe, arguing that it seems to be starting with a presumption of guilt.

Information from: San Jose Mercury News

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