PG&E pays $70M for deadly Calif. pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has paid $70 million in restitution for the California pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb in 2010. San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane announced the city received the payment on Friday in a statement. Ruane says the money will be managed by a nonprofit organization that will use the funds to help the community recover from the Sept. 9, 2010, blast, but that process could take a year. The San Francisco-based utility previously set up a $100 million fund to support emergency needs in the aftermath of the explosion, which also destroyed 38 homes in the bedroom community. PG&E faces many millions in fines in numerous legal proceedings tied to the blast that are currently before the California Public Utilities Commission.

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