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California utility must run advertisement over deadly blast conviction

The sentence closes one of the final chapters in the legal and regulatory fallout from the 2010 blast in the city of San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

By: AP | San Francisco |
January 27, 2017 2:38:31 am
California, California pipeline blast, California pipeline explosion, Pacific Gas & Electric Co, Pacific Gas & Electric Co penalised, world news, indian express news In this file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it is prepared to pay the maximum fine of million after a jury convicted the company of deliberately violating pipeline safety regulations before a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area and then misleading investigators looking into the blast. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California’s largest utility must pay a $3 million fine and run thousands of TV commercials publicizing its pipeline safety violations as punishment for its criminal convictions in a deadly natural gas explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area US District Judge Thelton Henderson sentenced Pacific Gas & Electric Co on Thursday. In addition to the fine and advertising requirement, he required PG&E employees to perform 10,000 hours of community service.

The sentence closes one of the final chapters in the legal and regulatory fallout from the 2010 blast in the city of San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. California regulators have previously fined PG&E $1.6 billion for the explosion, and the company has spent hundreds of millions of dollars settling victims’ lawsuits.

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