A utility didn’t stop at blowing up a Calfornia neighborhood,
it also demanded the Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) get a favorable judge
for that 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipe explosion.
The CPUC president’s chief of staff just last year wrote slides
praising his Legacy as Best Practices.
Does that legacy include suborning justice?
He’s still there, although she was fired, and three PG&E executives
“ended their employment”.
How many other PG&E and other utility executives and CPUC and other
state regulators follow those same Best Practices?
Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state
commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails
released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to
negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility’s
The emails show the commission ultimately assigned to the case a
judge for whom PG&E had expressed a preference, rather than another
judge who PG&E said “has a history of being very hard on us.”
Also Monday, California Public Utilities Commission president
Michael Peevey, who was included Continue reading →
The plant’s operator Southern California Edison had hoped at one
point to have one of the plant’s two units operating by summer, but
NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane made it clear that will not
Macfarlane told reporters Tuesday after a speech, “You know, the
process is very complicated now. Almost every day it gets a little
more complicated…. Right now I can tell you a decision on restart
won’t happen until the end of June, certainly after the middle of
“It may get pushed back later,” she said. “I don’t know.”