CPUC president names self in San Bruno probe 

The president of the California Public Utilities Commission has named himself to oversee a legal probe into whether Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the deadly San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

President Michael Peevey has led the commission since 2003, and has faced critiques for safety lapses during his tenure.

In recent months, both federal and state reviews have faulted the commission's oversight of the industry in the years leading up to the Sept. 9, 2010 blast, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the San Francisco suburb.

PG&E could face millions in fines for violating state and federal safety rules tied to San Bruno.

The commission issued a statement Wednesday saying Peevey will preside over the complex proceeding but any settlement with PG&E requires a vote of the five-member panel.

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