State utilities commission pulls gas safety panel 

click to enlarge A gas line exploded in a San Bruno neighborhood in September, 2010. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • A gas line exploded in a San Bruno neighborhood in September, 2010.

The California Public Utilities Commission has cancelled a gas safety symposium after San Bruno officials criticized plans for commissioners to appear alongside Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials.

The commission is negotiating penalties for the deadly PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

The City of San Bruno on Wednesday raised concerns about the ability of Commission President Michael Peevey and Commissioner Mike Florio to be fair in that process if they appeared as scheduled alongside PG&E executives at next month's symposium.

In a statement, the commission said the symposium was cancelled to "eliminate any possible public concern" about fairness.
The 2010 blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

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