PG&E Pays $70 Million to City of San Bruno Over Pipeline Blast

By: Brian Shields - Fri, 13 Apr 2012 23:57:57 -0800

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has paid $70 million in restitution for the California pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb in 2010.

      San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane announced the city received the payment on Friday in a statement.

      Ruane says the money will be managed by a nonprofit organization that will use the funds to help the community recover from the Sept. 9, 2010, blast, but that process could take a year.

      The San Francisco-based utility previously set up a $100 million fund to support emergency needs in the aftermath of the explosion, which also destroyed 38 homes in the bedroom community.

      PG&E faces many millions in fines in numerous legal proceedings tied to the blast that are currently before the California Public Utilities Commission.

      (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
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