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What will it take to catch PG&E's attention?

The Bakersfield Californian, Aug 24 2013

Sept. 9, 2010: A 30-inch PG&E gas pipeline burst in San Bruno, killing eight people, injuring dozens more and destroying 38 homes. In court documents, PG&E first tried to blame the rupture on a city sewer project that allegedly damaged a "state of the art" pipeline. Residents themselves were accused of somehow being negligent.

San Bruno lawsuits: PG&E knew bad records posed a danger to public, engineer says

By Joshua Melvin, Marin Independent Journal, July 31 2012

REDWOOD CITY -- Pacific Gas & Electric knew its gas line records were inaccurate and knew those errors could mean death or injury to the people who lived near its pipes yet chose not to fix the problem, according to testimony from a senior company engineer.

PG&E identifies 239 pipelines at risk of failure

Jaxon Van Derbeken,, July 2, 2012

Nearly two years after the pipeline explosion that killed eight people and devastated a neighborhood in San Bruno, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. considers 239 of its natural-gas transmission lines to be at risk of a similar failure, according to a company assessment obtained by The Chronicle.

PG&E pledges crackdown on repeated pressure surges

Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2012

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has accidentally over-pressurized pipelines on its gas system more than 120 times since the San Bruno explosion - a rate that the company's top gas official says is unacceptable and that experts fear could increase the risk of a similar disaster.

PG&E: Customers to pay for safety

By MARTIN ESPINOZA, Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA, February 28, 2012

PG&E officials Tuesday reiterated their position that ratepayers should bear the bulk of the cost of its Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan, which the company pegged at $2.2billion.

PG&E unveils 'opt-out' plan for its controversial SmartMeter program

By Patrick May and Dana Hull, Mercury News (Daily News, Los Angeles), March 24, 2011

After months of controversy, PG&E on Thursday unveiled an opt-out plan for its SmartMeter program that further enraged its critics, who said its high fees would punish the customers it was designed to help.

Calif. County Criminalizes Smart-Meter Installations

By DEBRA KAHN of Greenwire, New York Times, January 5, 2011

Citing alleged health effects from electromagnetic waves, a county in the North San Francisco Bay Area has criminalized the installation of "smart" electric meters.

Oakland Tribune editorial: PG&E loses credibility over San Bruno mess

Editorial, Oakland Tribune, December 16, 2010

WHATEVER WAS left of PG&E's credibility evaporated with a stunning revelation by federal safety inspectors on Tuesday. They raised serious questions about welds that held together the utility's pipeline that exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9, killing eight people and destroying 35 homes.

State inspector warned PG&E of safety risks in '09

Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, December 16, 2010

California regulators warned Pacific Gas and Electric Co. last year that persistent safety problems in its gas distribution system were putting the public at risk, according to a strongly worded letter obtained by The Chronicle.

Till we meter again...

by Peter Seidman, Pacific Sun, Marin County, August 20, 2010

PG&E's not-so-smart approach to wireless power grid a shocking lesson in 'advanced' planning

When Pacific Gas and Electric Company stuck its finger in the smart meter socket it got a shock.

PG&E's Prop. 16 lost big in its service area

David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, June 10, 2010

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s unsuccessful, $46 million attempt to pass Proposition 16 on Tuesday failed to persuade the company's own customers.

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