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After being found guilty, PG&E goes underground

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has been found guilty of 6 of 12 counts against arising from a deadly pipeline explosion that occurred in 2010.

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The main charges were obstructing a federal investigation and failing to properly monitor its pipeline system, the federal jury said. It faces a maximum fine of $3 million.

“While we are very much focused on the future, we will never forget the lessons of the past,” Pacific Gas and Electric said, in a statement.

“We have made unprecedented progress in the nearly six years since the tragic San Bruno accident and we are committed to maintaining our focus on safety.

The jury found PG&E guilty of five counts of violating U.S. Pipeline Safety Act regulations related to integrity management and one count of obstructing a National Transportation Safety Board proceeding.

The jury found PG&E not guilty of six counts of U.S. Pipeline Safety Act regulations related to record keeping. No individuals were ever charged.

Through October, Pacific Gas and Electric will be strength-testing four miles of natural gas transmission lines that run under the streets of American Canyon.

City residents were informed of the testing, which explains that PG&E crews are in various neighborhoods performing hydrostatic pressure tests on the utility's 12-inch natural gas pipeline. All work will be done on weekdays.

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