SAN MATEO, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today commended the CPUC for following her recommendations (see letter) in structuring its proposed record-setting fine against PG&E for the utility's role in the 2010 natural gas pipe explosion in San Bruno that claimed eight lives and destroyed 38 homes. Speier issued the following statement:
"The proposed record-setting fine to be paid by PG&E shareholders for safety work will set a national standard for the safe delivery of natural gas. But no action can undo the tragedy of San Bruno, instead, we have to move forward in a way that is most beneficial to ratepayers who shouldn't have to worry about explosions or pay twice for a safe gas transmission system. PG&E’s decisions and mistakes over many years caused this catastrophe --- the shareholders are the ones who appropriately should pay.
"I carry the loss of eight constituents with me as well as the suffering of the burn survivors and those who lost their homes. The money must go towards insuring there will never be another San Bruno. "