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Evans Demands PG&E Investigation PDF Print E-mail

This statement on the gas main explosion in San Bruno was issued by Robert J. Evans, Peace and Freedom candidate for Attorney General, on September 20, 2010.

As the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for California Attorney General, I call for a full and open investigation of the recent tragedy in San Bruno. The explosion of the Pacific Gas and Electric natural gas line caused the deaths of seven people, terrible injuries to others, and millions of dollars in property damage. Based on reports made public, it appears that evidence of leaks was reported to PG&E considerably before the disaster, but ignored. We need to know as soon as possible what other PG&E disasters are waiting to happen.

There is mounting evidence that PG&E diverted tens of millions of dollars earmarked under the law for pipeline replacement and repair into other uses, which may have included the tens of millions spent on the attempt to pass Proposition 16. Proposition 16 would have made municipal takeovers of utilities almost impossible.

I call on the California Public Utilities Commission, the present California Attorney General, and the San Mateo County District Attorney, to pursue all avenues of redress, including criminal prosecution. I ask that no rate increases be passed on to customers of PG&E to pay for this disaster, and that rate increases already granted for the purpose of pipeline replacement and repairs which were not done be retroactively rescinded. Private corporations appear incapable of protecting the public, and therefore, should not run public utilities. In line with the platform of the Peace and Freedom Party, I urge that Pacific Gas and Electric be placed under public ownership, and run safely for public benefit.

Robert J. Evans of Alameda County is the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for Attorney General.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 October 2010 16:34