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PG&E officials removed for improper communications

Created: 09/15/2014 3:52 PM
By: ELLEN KNICKMEYER

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says three senior officials have lost their jobs over improper communications with state regulators.

The move Monday follows PG&E's internal investigation of allegations of improper contacts between the utility and officials at the California Public Utilities Commission.

PG&E says its probe found improper emails last January between PG&E and the commission over the assignment of state officials to decide a rate case involving PG&E.

The internal probe stemmed from allegations surrounding a separate state probe of a deadly 2010 PG&E pipeline blast in San Bruno.

In July, emails made public at the request of the city of San Bruno showed PG&E officials discussing with top state utility commission officials and staffers how much the state should fine PG& E in that blast.

The commission said Monday that commission president Michael Peevey was removing himself from the San Bruno case and from the other case.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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