Improving Safety Communication Among Cities, Utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission

October 28, 2013

Senator Hill Holds Hearing to Improve Safety Communications Among Cities, Utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission

Releases Report Citing Weaknesses in Safety Oversight

As chair of the state Senate's Subcommittee on Gas and Electic Infrastructure Safety, Senator Hill held a hearing with Assemblymember Kevin Mullin on October 28 in which the cities of San Bruno, San Carlos and Burlingame discussed their concerns with Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s outreach efforts. These concerns were raised anew with a court-ordered shutdown of a high pressure natural gas line running through San Carlos.

The webcast of the hearing, entitled "Improving Safety Communications Among Cities, Utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission," can be viewed by clicking the frame above.

Hearing materials -- including the agenda, a background report and materials provided speakers -- can be found here.

At the hearing, the Subcommittee on Gas and Electric Infrastructure Safety released a report criticizing the California Public Utilities Commission’s lack of progress on safety since the September 2010 natural gas explosion in San Bruno that killed eight and destroyed 38 homes.

The report, “Slow Progress in Safety Regulation: Improving Priorities and Safety Plans of the California Public Utilities Commission,” finds that the CPUC’s priorities do not include safety, that safety isn’t adequately considered in utility proposals for rate increases, and that the CPUC’s safety enforcement programs are in disarray. Senator Hill has called a hearing on November 18 to discuss the report -- and the solutions it recommends -- with the CPUC.

View the report here and Senator Hill's letter to Senator Alex Padilla, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, here.