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Courage Campaign Praises PG&E Fine as Historic Says CA Families Aren’t Safe Without Independent Pipeline Monitor

Thursday, 09 April 2015

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Courage Campaign Praises Fine Against PG&E as Historic But Argues CA Families Aren’t Safe Without Independent Pipeline Safety Monitor

Earlier today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to fine Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) a historic $1.6 billion dollar for negligence contributing to the deadly natural gas pipeline explosion that killed 8 people and injured dozens more in San Bruno in 2010. 

Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign issued the following statement in reaction to the vote:

“The California Public Utilities Commission demonstrated good judgment today in issuing a historic 1.6 billion dollar fine against PG&E for negligence contributing to the San Bruno pipeline disaster.  The vote sends a clear signal to public utilities and private corporations serving Californians across our State – betray the public trust and you will be held accountable and punished appropriately.

But this is only a first step – Californians families won’t be safe from future disasters until independent pipeline monitors have had the ability to assess all natural gas pipelines in the State and make crucial infrastructure improvements.

We will continue to press the CPUC and PG&E to cooperate in those next steps.”

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