PG&E hit with charges stemming from San Bruno natural gas explosion

Federal criminal charges were filed against PG&E Corp. related to the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California.

The charges, filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office, state that PG&E knowingly and willfully broke the Pipeline Safety Act from 2003 to 2010.

PG&E said in a statement that its employees did not intentionally break the law. The utility company is attempting to reach a settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The California Public Utilities Commission proposed fine of about $2.25 billion, according to Reuters. The company has also settled claims amounting to nearly $500 million with the affected victims and families.

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