PG&E Wants Customers to Pay Majority of $5 Billion Plan to Improve Gas Line Safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says its customers should pay the lion’s share of a $5 billion plan to boost safety on its gas lines following the deadly San Bruno explosion. PG&E Senior Vice President Tom Bottorff said Tuesday the company has listened to critics’ concerns that ratepayers were being charged too much to make safety upgrades. The company originally said customers should pay for 90 percent of a $2.2 billion plan aimed at prioritizing leak surveys, pressure reductions and safety tests on its transmission lines. He said a new proposal would have ratepayers pick up about 84 percent instead. Bottorff also acknowledged that the plan, plus necessary financing, would cost a total of about $5 billion over time. The Sept. 9, 2010, blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

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