SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Pacific Gas and Electric Company today issued the following statement in
reaction to a sentence handed down by the U.S. District Court in San
Francisco in connection with its 2016 trial:
“We want San Bruno and all of the communities we serve to know that we
at PG&E have committed ourselves to a goal of transforming this company
into the safest and most reliable energy provider in America and to
re-earning their trust through our actions. Of course, words are not
enough, and we expect to be judged by our actions.
“That is why, in support of that goal, we've hired some of the best gas
safety experts in the country to help guide this effort and we’ve
invested billions of shareholder dollars in gas safety improvements.
We’ve tested and replaced hundreds of miles of natural gas pipelines,
installed new emergency shut off valves, and established a
state-of-the-art gas safety operations center. We use the most advanced
technology in the industry for leak detection, and our response to leak
detection is among the fastest in the industry.
“As a measure of the progress we’ve made, we have met 11 of the 12
recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board, and are
focused on completing the final one in a safe and responsible manner.
We’ve also received third-party certifications of our safety progress.
“However, we fully recognize that we will always have more work to do,
regardless of the significant safety actions and investments we’ve made.
We sincerely apologize to the families and friends of those who lost
their lives or were injured in this tragic explosion and we want them to
know our mission and our commitment to safety will never stop. We will
remain forever committed to taking action to meet the high safety
standards that our customers, and we, demand and expect.”
PG&E faced 11 charges of violating the U.S. Pipeline Safety Act and one
charge of obstruction of an NTSB proceeding. No individuals were charged
as a part of this proceeding and no charges related to the San Bruno
explosion itself were ever filed.
A jury found PG&E guilty of five counts of violating U.S. Pipeline
Safety Act regulations related to integrity management and one count of
obstructing an agency proceeding.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San
Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of
the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com
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Source: PG&E Corporation