SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) issued the following statement in response the $1.6 billion penalty and fine against PG&E for violations arising from the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion:

“While I am glad that the CPUC levied a record penalty and fine of $1.6 billion on PG&E, no amount of money will ever bring back the lives of the eight people who perished in the San Bruno tragedy. For Sue Bullis, who lost three family members and who bravely read a statement today, life will never be the same. But the CPUC took a significant step towards repairing its tarnished record as a lax watchdog and moving towards a culture of accountability and safety. PG&E will be forced to invest the majority of the penalty into pipeline safety at the expense of shareholders, not ratepayers.

PG&E has indicated that it will not appeal and that is an appropriate position to take. The culture of safety and transparency is one that must be unassailable.”