- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A newspaper reports that California’s attorney general has opened an investigation into the state public utilities commission.

The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1qyFrV4), citing emails from Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office, says the attorney general has notified the utilities commission that it is under investigation in connection with the deadly 2010 explosion of a gas line belonging to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The newspaper says state investigators are also looking into dealings between the commission and PG&E; on rate-setting cases and other matters.

Nicholas Pacilio, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, declined comment Friday on the Sacramento Bee report.

PG&E; said Monday that federal investigators were looking into what critics describe as the commission’s back-room handling of regulatory matters affecting PG&E.; Commission president Michael Peevey announced Thursday he would not seek reappointment to the board.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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