PG&E Gets Hit by Regulators on Records Management

A horrific natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California on Sept. 9, 2010, which killed eight and destroyed 38 homes, set Pacific Gas & Electric on a mad scramble to locate records. While discovery of records is often associated with litigation, PG&E's struggles demonstrate the far-reaching authority of many regulators to compel discovery, and in PG&E's case, threaten many millions of dollars in fines and force many millions more in additional testing.

As a result of the explosion of PG&E's pipeline, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has expressed concerns about the integrity of PG&E's entire 1,805 mile natural gas pipeline network, and on January 3 of this year, the CPUC ordered PG&E to produce records verifying that these gas lines were constructed and have been maintained in a safe manner.

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Mark Diamond

Mark Diamond, Founder & CEO of Contoural, Inc., is a regular contributor to Inside Counsel on Litigation Readiness and Records Information Management. You can e-mail...

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