Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Uh oh

Pacific Gas and appear to have a MAJOR problem on your hands. This from the Los Angeles Times:

State regulators in 2007 gave Pacific Gas and Electric Co. the go-ahead to spend $5 million of ratepayer money to replace a 62-year-old section of the same pipeline that exploded last week in San Bruno.

But the work never was completed as scheduled in 2009, and this year, the utility asked for another $5 million to do the same job by 2013, according to documents submitted by PG&E to the California Public Utility Commission as part of a general rate-hike request.  
"There's no excuse for deferring maintenance of potentially compromised pipelines that run under customers' homes, businesses and schools," said Mark Toney, executive director of the Utility Reform Network. The San Francisco ratepayers' group monitors electric and gas company regulatory activity.

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