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The Division of Ratepayer Advocates, which as a body within the California Public Utilities Commission represents the interests of utility customers, has filed a paper saying that San Diego Gas & Electric is not telling the truth.

The division recommends that the commission penalize the local utility for violating Rule 1.1 of the commission's rules of practice and procedure. The rule prohibits people from making misleading statements of fact or law.

The ratepayer division says that SDGE made "a number of misleading and false statements" when asking that ratepayers fund aboveground petroleum storage inspection fees.

"SDGE is trying to mislead the commission into believing that SDGE has an obligation to pay for certain inspection fees and that ratepayers are thus required to fund them," says the division.

The fees come to only $54,000, "but the issue is not the amount of money at stake, but the lengths the utility is willing to go in order to take it from its ratepayers," says the division.

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Burwell April 12, 2012 @ 7:08 p.m.

I understand Sempra is about to file an application with the CPUC requesting an emergency rate increase due to the spiralling cost of stocking employee restrooms with toilet paper.

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Don Bauder April 12, 2012 @ 8:35 p.m.

You have forced me to wipe that smile off my face, Burwell. Best, Don Bauder

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