Saturday, July 09, 2016

Proceeding Number I.14-11-008 CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA'S APPEAL OF THE PRESIDING OFFICER'S DECISION

ABSTRACT: Re: BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA Order Instituting Investigation And Order to Show Cause on the Commission’s Own Motion into the Operations and Practices of Pacific Gas and Electric Company with Respect to Facilities Records for its Natural Gas Distribution System Pipelines, the CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA'S APPEAL OF THE PRESIDING OFFICER'S DECISION document copy is embedded. CONCLUSION While this appeal focuses on the factual and legal errors noted by Carmel, the POD was correct in many aspects. The POD got it right when it fined PG&E for its failure to properly communicate with Carmel officials after the explosion and for unilaterally cancelling a meeting about public safety with the former Mayor of Carmel. It got it right when it determined that PG&E violated federal law in failing to learn from its mistakes in the Mountain View gas leak, which could have prevented the explosion in Carmel. The POD got it right when it determined that PG&E violated federal law when it failed to property analyze the risk of 12 years' worth of services records at its De Anza facilities. The POD is also correct that PG&E violated federal and state law in each of the identified incidents.
However, Carmel urges the Commission to adopt a final decision that addresses the issues presented above in order to adopt a just fine and proper remedies to promote deterrence. As in the case of San Bruno, if you don't know what's in the ground you cannot operate a safe system. This decision must be based on the record and in accordance with the legal calculation of fines. This explosion wreaked havoc in Carmel's community. Why was Carmel was forced into this proceeding to make sure such traumatic events do not occur in the future. This community respectfully asks that the Commission listen to its appeal and make the necessary changes to its final decision.

Cbts's Appeal of the Presiding Officer's Decision 6-28-16 by L. A. Paterson on Scribd
FILED 6-28-16
CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA'S APPEAL OF THE PRESIDING OFFICER'S DECISION

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