California regulator suggests utility is too big to be safe

April 9, 2015 3:15 PM

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Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that California's largest power utility could be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said he would ask the commission's staff to study "the culture of safety" and the structure of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has its gas and electricity operations under a single corporate board and chief executive.

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