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State, San Mateo County pass on criminal charges against PG&E

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On the third anniversary (yesterday) of PG&E’s deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion and fire, the headline the utility would probably rather you see is that it has cleared settlements for almost all the remaining victims’ lawsuits. But by far the more meaningful story is this: the date marks the statute of limitations for seeking criminal charges against the utility—and state Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Mateo County prosecutors chose not to do so. The feds still have two more years to bring criminal charges against the utility and its executives.

Related: The Mercury News’ East Bay editions editorialize today that even as it clears the books on the lawsuits, PG&E continues to work vigorously behind the scenes to avoid responsibility for the San Bruno fiasco. The attempt, of course: to push the costs onto its customers, rather than shareholders.

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