The July 30 Daily Republic reports on Page A5 charges of obstruction filed against PG&E for in the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion. On Page A10 is an announcement of public hearings in connection with a PG&E request for California Public Utilities Commission authorization of a gas transmission and storage revenue increase over authorized limits for 2015-17.
The requested for 2015 alone is an increase of more than 75 percent, from $555 million to $731 million. This of course means rate increases for PG&E gas customers.
It seems a pity that the customer will pay for the repairs, the penalties, the lawyers, and so much more that has little to do with the actual cost of the natural gas they consume.