PG&E's History of Incidents, Fines, and Safety Lapses

Oct. 2019: PG&E "has agreed to pay $65 million to settle claims it falsified records and misrepresented how quickly it responded to excavators’ requests to locate and mark gas pipelines. The commission uncovered 67 cases where crews struck underground lines while excavating, and concluded 'the threat of physical and economic harm associated with each of the violations makes them severe.'" (source: https://abcnews.go.com/US/california-electric-company-pge-pay-65m-settlement-claims/story?id=66080794)

Dec. 2018: The CPUC accused PG&E of falsifying gas safety records: “Utility falsification of safety related records is a serious violation of law and diminishes our trust in the utility’s reports on their progress,” Commission President Michael Picker said in a statement Friday. “These findings are another example of why we are investigating PG&E’s safety culture.” (source: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/CPUC-to-investigate-potential-PG-E-natural-gas-13467821.php)

2018: PG&E's electrical equipment caused the "Camp Fire", California's deadliest and most destructive fire that killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 structures. Total damage is estimated at $16.5 Billion. 

2018: PG&E fined $97.5 million for improper back-channel communications with state utility regulators from 2010 to 2014.

2017: PG&E's electrical equipment caused at least 17 major California wildfires, according to CalFire. The fires together scorched 193,743 acres in eight counties, destroyed 3,256 structures and killed 22 people. Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/pg-e-sparked-at-least-1-500-california-fires-now-the-utility-faces-collapse-11547410768

 

2016: PG&E employees working on a gas valve in Deer Park ignited an explosion that injured 2 people. PG&E was fined $4.05 million by the CPUC.

2016: PG&E fined $5.4 million for improper gas-system inspections by unqualified contractors and failure to promptly notify regulators when discovered.

2015: PG&E fined $1.6 billion in state penalties and remedies for 2,425 violations of pipeline-safety rules and hindering an investigation of 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

2015: PG&E fined $1.0 million for a gas leak and explosion in Yuba City caused by PG&E's incorrect installation.

2013: PG&E fined $8.1 million for substandard inspections of gas pipelines by a contractor.

2012: PG&E fined $16.8 million for failing to do gas-leak inspections after utility lost some maps.

2011: PG&E paid $38 million for fatal gas explosion in Rancho Cordova, Calif.; utility failed to remove pipe improperly installed two years earlier.

2010: PG&E's San Bruno explosion killed eight people, injuring 58 people, destroyed 36 homes, and caused a fire to burn for several hours. It took PG&E nearly 90 minute to stop the gas flow, and its violations of gas safety laws and obstruction of justice resulted in five counts of felony convictions and five years parole. 

1994: PG&E was convicted of 739 counts of negligence following the following the 1994 wildfires in Nevada County.

 

1952-1966: PG&E dumped roughly 370 million gallons of Chromium-6 tainted waste water in the town of Hinkley, California. The subject of the movie, Erin Brockovich, this action resulted in a $333 Million judgement against PG&E. The site remains contaminated even today.