Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Transportation, California Public Utilities Commission and PG&E huddle over a portion of the 30-inch natural gas pipe that exploded in San Bruno last week, landing on a street 100 feet away.
Photo By Don Bartletti
A California legislator wants utility company shareholders, not customers, to pay costs when it’s shown negligence is to blame for an explosion or fire.
State Sen. Mark Leno’s proposal comes days after a Pacific Gas & Electric natural gas pipeline exploded in a San Bruno neighborhood, destroying 37 homes.
The San Francisco Democrat says ratepayers should not be on the hook when it’s shown a utility failed to do its job to protect the public.
The San Francisco Chronicle says Leno’s bill would prohibit a utility from seeking a rate increase to cover its uninsured costs from a catastrophe. Leno says requiring investors to pay would encourage the utilities to focus on maintenance and prevention.
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