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CPUC Issues $5 Million in Citations to PG&E for Natural Gas Violations

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The CPUC has issued two Citations totaling $5.05 million to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for violations of regulations resulting from two separate incidents in 2016 and 2017.

The CPUC issued a $4,050,000 Citation to PG&E for violations of federal rules stemming from a 2016 Deer Park, Calif. incident in which PG&E employees caused natural gas to leak from a valve during an attempted repair of a service valve. Subsequent ignition of the gas resulted in two injuries.

The CPUC also issued PG&E a separate $1 million citation for a 2017 Yuba City incident in which a pipe was not constructed properly during installation. A subsequent leak and explosion caused injuries to PG&E personnel.

The Citations are available on the CPUC's natural gas Citations webpage.

PG&E has 30 calendar days to pay the Citations or file appeals.

The CPUC requires the immediate correction of any unsafe condition. The CPUC's Safety and Enforcement Division (SED) has staff-level authority to issue Citations to natural gas companies for violation of CPUC or federal gas safety codes and regulations.

Safety violations are identified through SED's ongoing audits, inspections, and investigations; by the utilities themselves through mandatory disclosure requirements; or through the CPUC's whistleblower program for anonymous and protected reporting of violations.

Whistleblowers can call 1-800-649-7570 or email safetyhotline@cpuc.ca.gov. The CPUC also has an online whistleblower reporting form where complaints can be submitted anonymously.

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