In the News

August 03, 2014

Oakland Tribune: The potential consequences facing PG&E for the lethal 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno have intensified with a new criminal indictment against the utility, which now must fend off an obstruction of justice charge along with additional counts of regulatory violations.

July 31, 2014

The Examiner: It has been nearly four years since the deadly disaster, but its aftereffects have not passed. The explosion affected pipeline safety, sparking a series of new laws, procedural changes and fines.

July 30, 2014

Los Angeles Times: If you're curious about how Pacific Gas & Electric managed to flout gas line safety rules for years, and why there's reason to doubt that the California Public Utilities Commission will hold the company fully responsible for the explosion that destroyed a California neighborhood in 2010, here's the answer.

July 30, 2014

Oakland Tribune: We knew Michael Peevey was PG&E's biggest ally in fending off accountability for the deadly San Bruno explosion. We knew the president of the California Public Utility Commission placed his cozy relationship with the utility above any responsibility to the public. We've been calling for his head for three years.

July 28, 2014

KCBS: The City of San Bruno is making their case against what they call a cozy relationship between PG&E and its regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), after the city obtained emails through a lawsuit following the deadly gas pipeline explosion in 2010 that leveled a neighborhood, killing eight people.

July 23, 2014

Oakland Tribune: In a filing that ultimately could force PG&E to reduce pressure in some of its natural gas lines, San Bruno city officials and a key unit with a powerful state agency this week demanded that California regulators require the utility to produce improved records for multiple gas pipelines.

July 17, 2014

Mercury News: A state agency recently criticized for weak investigations and soft penalties has quietly slashed by 75 percent its fine against a limousine company whose car burned on the San Mateo Bridge last year, killing five women on their way to a wedding party..."Those fines should have been much higher," said state Senator Jerry Hill.

July 10, 2014

Contra Costa Times: After years of scathing criticism over failures to make sure PG&E natural gas pipelines don't blow up and passengers can get out of burning limousines, a state agency on Thursday adopted a "safety-first" policy.

June 21, 2014

Daily Journal: The battle to reopen Martin’s Beach to the public will proceed in Sacramento Tuesday, despite a near hostile legislative amendment induced by politicians’ fear of using eminent domain and alleged lobbying efforts afforded by the billionaire landowner.

June 19, 2014

Fresno Bee: As part of the budget they approved Sunday, legislators added seven rail-safety inspectors. They also included a 6.5-cent fee proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown on each barrel of crude oil that comes to California by rail. The $11 million or so raised annually will be used to prevent and clean up oil spills, especially in inland waterways.