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Utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric is being fused to gas pipeline safety records by California regulators in the aftermath of a pipeline explosion in April 2010.
The California Public Utilities Commission says it has opened a proceeding for what its staff are "systemic violations of rules" governing pipeline safety.
In a statement, the CPUC said,
"A CPUC Safety and Enforcement Division (SED) said PG & E falsified locate and mark records from 2012 to 2017. The PG & E reports that it has sufficient staffing to locate natural gas pipelines in compliance with law and that it does not support PG & E staff
The investigation of the gas pipeline explosion in 2010 that incinerated a neighborhood in San Bruno, just south of San Francisco.
PG & E said it is cooperating with the investigation.
"We're committed to acc Commitment to this case, "PG & E spokesman Matt Nauman said in an e-mailed statement to NPR. [In2015theCPUCfinedPG&E$16billionforfailingtokeepitsgastransmissionsafeItisthelargestpenaltyeverassessedbytheregulatoryagency
In 2017, a federal judge convicted the utility company on six felony charges and imposed a maximum fine of $ 3 million.
PG & E serves millions of customers in Northern California and it has come under scrutiny after the devastating Camp Fire. California state fire officials determined that the utility's equipment was the source of 16 wildfires last year.