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PG&E Statement On Leak Survey Update And Appeal Of CPUC Penalty

Release Date: February 1, 2012
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) updated the Consumer Protection and Safety Division (CPSD) of the California Public Utilities Commission on an issue that was first self-reported on December 30, 2011 regarding missed leak surveys. The utility informed the CPSD that it located 46 additional maps that had not been included in leak surveys throughout the service area*. PG&E is also appealing a $16.8 million penalty levied against the company last week for its original self-report. Nick Stavropoulos, Executive Vice President of gas operations for PG&E, shared some thoughts on today's filings:

  1. "The employees who worked on this exemplify the new PG&E because they didn't just deal with the problem that was right in front of them – they expanded their search, alerted management immediately and came with a solution for the entire service area. That's the kind of action that will make this company the best in the country.
  2. "When PG&E gets it wrong, one outcome may be a penalty. In this instance we believe the fine is excessive because we did the right thing – by promptly self-reporting what we'd found to assure we placed public safety first.
  3. "Additionally, to build a culture within PG&E where public safety comes first, we congratulated the employees who identified the missing information and took immediate corrective action. Although the CPSD has issued this fine, PG&E's employees know that the public expects us to continue self-reporting when we find anything that calls into question public safety. And let me assure you that PG&E is committed to continue doing so."
*Locations of the 46 additional maps:
Kerman Fresno
Unincorporated area Madera (unincorporated Redtop)
Newman Stanislaus
Unincorporated area San Joaquin
Livermore Alameda
Danville Contra Costa
Orinda Contra Costa
Folsom Sacramento
Mountain View Santa Clara
Elk Grove Sacramento
Sacramento Sacramento
Woodland Yolo
Fairfield Solano
Napa Napa
Unincorporated area Monterey
Unincorporated area Santa Cruz
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