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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today (September 25) removed an administrative law judge from the hearing on rates that will be charged by Pacific Gas & Electric. This hearing is linked to the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people.

It has been revealed that PG&E sent emails to CPUC officials, asking for a more friendly judge in the hearings about the explosion. CPUC officials were sympathetic, and PG&E got its friendly judge. Now there will be a new judge in the rate case that touches on the explosion.

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eastlaker Sept. 25, 2014 @ 11:16 a.m.

Well, thanks for this.

Is there a chance this will be a clean hearing? I hope so.

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Don Bauder Sept. 26, 2014 @ 9:02 p.m.

eastlaker: When a dirty regulatory agency bows to public pressure, it might mean a cleaner hearing. On the other hand, it might not. The people at the top of CPUC still want PG&E to get off lightly for that 2010 explosion. Best, Don Bauder

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CaptD Sept. 25, 2014 @ 12:56 p.m.

As ever more "dirt" about the CPUC comes to light, the ratepayers in California will learn that they have been duped into thinking that the CPUC commissioners were treating ratepayers and their Utilities fairly, when in fact, the Utilities have been taking ratepayers to the cleaners, thanks to one sided "favorable" rulings by the CPUC!

San Onofre's multi-billion dollar debacle is a perfect example of how the CPUC has done everything in its powers to shield the Operator SCE from public scrutiny!

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Don Bauder Sept. 26, 2014 @ 9:04 p.m.

CaptD: I agree with what you say. The San Onofre debacle, is, as you say, still another example of how the CPUC protects utility profits at the expense of ratepayers. That is what it is trying to do for PG&E, too, over the penalty for the 2010 explosion, but it is running into public opinion obstacles. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Sept. 29, 2014 @ 12:22 p.m.

danfogel: Picker certainly talks a good game. That's refreshing. And the possibility that he could replace Peevey is great. Best, Don Bauder

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