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Sign this petition and demand the immediate removal of CPUC President Michael Peevey. The safety of our public utilities depends on it.

Keep Your City Safe from PG&E Gas Disasters. Demand the Immediate Removal of CPUC President Michael Peevey from PG&E San Bruno Explosion Case.

New public records expose an ongoing and illegal relationship between the CPUC and PG&E. Join us in demanding immediate action. Our safety depends on it.

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The Story

On September 9, 2010, a PG&E pipeline exploded in the City of San Bruno, killing eight residents, injuring 66, destroying scores of homes and ripping a hole in the heart of our community.

How This Happened

Faulty record keeping and negligent oversight by PG&E management and the California Public Utilities Commission led to the 2010 explosion and fire in San Bruno.

PG&E says it has invested millions in its gas pipeline safety program, yet troubling discoveries demonstrate that PG&E still does not what pipes they have in the ground. Company executives recently admitted to serious record-keeping errors and were sanctioned for reporting these problems on a pipeline in San Carlos, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board also found the too-cozy relationship between PG&E and CPUC to be a leading cause of the PG&E San Bruno disaster. New evidence reveals that these problems continue today.

New Public Records Expose Ongoing, Illegal Relationship

San Bruno sued the CPUC under the California Public Records Act in February 2014 to produce email correspondence between PG&E and the CPUC demonstrating a cozy and illegal relationship between the utility and the CPUC.

San Bruno succeeded in its lawsuit and recently obtained thousands of pages of emails between CPUC President Michael Peevey, top CPUC staff and PG&E executives. These emails demonstrate more than 40 egregious violations of the law against private (ex parte) contact between PG&E and CPUC decision makers in the ongoing proceeding to determine PG&E’s penalty and fines for the 2010 explosion and fire.

Read more about the revelations contained in these records. Download all PG&E-CPUC records.

Ensuring This Never Happens Again

The City of San Bruno, Calif. has filed a series of legal and regulatory motions to demand the immediate removal of CPUC President Michael Peevey and substantial penalties against PG&E for engaging in illegal conversations that have irreversibly jeopardized the process to ensure that PG&E shareholders are held accountable so that what happened in our city does not happen again, anywhere.

Join San Bruno in demanding Peevey’s immediate recusal and a full investigation by the United States Department of Justice, the Office of Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation, San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and the California State Legislature.

The safety of our public utilities depends on it.

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Your Letter

By filling in the form above, this letter will be sent on your behalf to Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris.

By filling in the form above, this letter will be sent on your behalf to Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and US Attorney Melinda Hague.

California Gov. Jerry Brown
Attorney General Kamala Harris
CPUC Executive Director Paul Clanon
PG&E CEO and Chairman Tony Earley
Demand CPUC President’s recusal for illegal relationship with PG&E

I urge you to immediately remove Michael R. Peevey as president of the California Public Utilities Commission and to recuse him from his role in overseeing the CPUC’s penalty and fine case against the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its gross negligence in the 2010 PG&E explosion and fire in San Bruno that killed eight. We further request an investigation into the illegal ex parte contacts between PG&E and Peevey that have irreversibly corrupted the CPUC investigatory process.

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In The News

San Bruno: E-mails show cozy ties between state and PG&E

Jaxon Van Derbeken, SF Gate - July 26, 2014

A high-ranking aide to the California Public Utilities Commission’s president advised a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive on ways the company could fend off a legal challenge during the fallout over the deadly gas-pipeline explosion in San Bruno, newly released e-mails show.

San Bruno says emails expose cozy ties between PG&E and the PUC

George Avalos, Contra Costa Times - July 25, 2014

SAN BRUNO — San Bruno officials said Friday they have discovered at least 40 violations of state law in documents that prove an “illegal, cozy, and inappropriate” relationship exists between the state Public Utilities Commission and PG&E, the latest flap in the aftermath of a lethal natural gas explosion in San Bruno four years ago.

California Regulator Sued by City for Pacific Gas Records

Karen Gullo, Bloomberg Businessweek - ‎February 4, 2014

California utilities regulators were sued by the city of San Bruno to turn over records relating to proceedings against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. over a 2010 natural-gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people.

San Bruno Sues CPUC for Gas Pipeline Explosion Documents

NBC Bay Area - ‎February 4, 2014

San Bruno is escalating its tense relationship with the California Public Utilities Commission by hitting it with a lawsuit, demanding public records related to the 2010 deadly gas-line inferno.

PG&E Attempt to Improperly Influence California…

SanFranciscoSentinel.com - ‎Jan 18, 2014‎‎

San Bruno, Calif. – An attempt by Pacific Gas & Electric Company to broker what appears to be a secret deal with a California Public Utilities Commission staffer should result in significant penalties and fines for the utility company and the creation of an … revealed in a report by Jaxon Van Derbecken San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, detailed how PG&E hoped to quietly pay a $375,000 fine to avoid paying a proposed $2.5 billion in penalties and fines for the 2010 San Bruno explosion and fire that killed eight, …

San Bruno pushes for fresh fine against PG&E

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎Jan 17, 2014

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should be fined for not telling San Bruno officials it was seeking a reduction in fines for the 2010 pipeline explosion that leveled a neighborhood because it had been penalized in another case, the city said Friday. PG&E officials…

San Bruno pushes for fresh fine against PG&E

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎Jan 17, 2014

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. should be fined for not telling San Bruno officials it was seeking a reduction in fines for the 2010 pipeline explosion that leveled a neighborhood because it had been penalized in another case, the city said Friday. PG&E officials…

PG&E Attempt to Improperly Influence CPUC…

Yahoo! Finance‎- ‎Jan 17, 2014

The apparent backroom deal, revealed in a San Francisco Chronicle news report, detailed how PG&E hoped to quietly pay a $375,000 fine to avoid paying a proposed $2.5 billion in penalties and fines for the 2010 San Bruno explosion and fire that killed …

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