March 27 PG&E Corp said it expects the
U.S. government to file criminal charges against the company
over the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas line rupture and fire that
destroyed a neighborhood and killed eight people.
The company said it was in discussions with the U.S.
attorney's office to reach a fair resolution but expected to be
charged with violating the federal Pipeline Safety Act in
relation to record keeping, pipeline integrity management and
identification of pipeline threats.
PG&E said the "criminal charges are not merited and that
PG&E employees did not intentionally violate the federal
Pipeline Safety Act."
A natural gas pipeline explosion in the city just south of
San Francisco destroyed a neighborhood, killing eight people on
Sept. 9, 2010. The National Transportation Safety Board later
blamed the utility's lax approach to pipeline safety and weak
oversight by state and federal regulators.
The company said on Thursday that after the accident, it
adopted new pipeline safety standards and committed to spend
$2.7 billion of shareholder money to fund safety-related work.
PG&E also settled claims amounting to nearly $500 million
with the victims and families of the San Bruno accident, the
(Reporting by Rohit T. K. in Bangalore; Editing by Richard