Asian American Groups Weigh In On Massive Proposed Fine Against PG&E

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 Even as the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) proposes the largest fine in state history against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for the San Bruno pipe explosion of 2010, a number of Asian community groups are calling on the regulatory body to take a more measured approach.

The Asian American groups from both Northern and Southern California represent two sides: business trade associations that are concerned with the state’s economic health generally and minority subcontracting opportunities specifically, as well as community groups who count on PG&E’s partnership and support in carrying out their social services and community building activities.

In July of this year, CPUC staff recommended a penalty of $2.25 billion that could end up being more than $4 billion when all costs are added up, according to PG&E. That would make it 40 times larger than the previous record penalty for a similar tragedy. The largest safety-related fine ever issued by the CPUC was a $38 million penalty against PG&E for the pipeline explosion in Rancho Cordova that occurred in 2008. The largest penalty under national pipeline laws was $101.5 million for the affected El Paso area in New Mexico, also in 2008. Read more here.