Pacific Gas & Electric Co. argues in a new court filing that the company should not have to pay punitive damages to survivors of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion because officials did not know the pipe was fatally flawed.
The filing comes as PG&E is seeking to settle dozens of civil suits filed against the utility in San Mateo County Superior Court without going to trial.
The rupture of the transmission pipeline in San Bruno killed eight people, injured dozens and destroyed dozens of homes on Sept. 9, 2010.
The San Mateo County Times reports that attorneys for the San Francisco-based company said in Friday's filing that PG&E only knew the flawed line "had been operated without any safety incidents for decades."
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.