We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

California Utility Guilty Of Obstructing Investigators

Rich Ibarra/Capital Public Radio
 

Rich Ibarra/Capital Public Radio

(AP) - A federal jury has found California's largest utility guilty of obstructing investigators about how it was identifying high-risk pipelines after a deadly gas line explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The jury returned its verdict Tuesday against Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The blast of the natural gas pipeline six years ago killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

During the investigation that followed, prosecutors say, the San Francisco-based utility misled federal officials about the standard it was using to identify high-risk pipelines.

PG&E said its employees did the best they could with ambiguous regulations they struggled to understand.

The stakes in the case fell dramatically when prosecutors recently decided not to pursue a potential $562 million penalty if the company was found guilty.