PG&E to pay $38M fine in ’08 NorCal gas explosion - Personal Injury Legal Blogs Posted by Michael Murt Shea, Jr. - Lawyers.com

PG&E to pay $38M fine in ’08 NorCal gas explosion

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—PG&E Corp. has agreed to pay a $38
million fine for a 2008 gas pipe explosion that killed a Rancho Cordova
homeowner.

It’s
the largest safety-related fine ever levied by the California Public Utilities
Commission.

PG&E
and state regulators initially agreed to a $26 million fine. But a judge
recommended a higher penalty, citing the "severity and gravity" of
PG&E’s failures.

Investigators
found that PG&E had installed the wrong gas pipe and was slow in responding
to leak reports on Christmas Eve 2008. Seventy-two-year-old Wilbert Paana was
killed and five others were injured.

PG&E
reached an undisclosed, out-of-court settlement with Paana’s family in 2009.

PG&E
spokesman Brian Swanson told the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/uGSj9e)
that the company agreed to the fine last month and also will make a number of
procedural improvements.

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Information
from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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