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PG&E fined $14M over incorrect records

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been fined with $14.35 million for failing to promptly notify state officials of incorrect records related to a Northern California natural gas pipeline.

California Public Utilities Commissioner Mark J. Ferron said in a statement Thursday that the penalty is designed to serve as a deterrent to prevent similar behavior in the future. Ferron says the commission expects forthright and timely disclosure in all matters of public safety.

As of Thursday, the CPUC has authorized PG&E to restore operating pressure on the line to no higher than 330 pounds per square inch gauge.

In October, PG&E had reduced the pressure so CPUC staff could check the safety of the line after community members raised concerns.