E-mails show cozy ties between PG&E, regulator

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Updated: 7/28 4:06 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Newly released emails show top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at PG&E, as they simultaneously presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay area suburb.

The City of San Bruno released emails on Monday between California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and PG&E after suing for their release earlier this year. The PUC is charged with punishing PG&E in the wake of the 2010 pipeline blast in San Bruno that claimed eight lives.

Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill says the emails show an illegal and inappropriate relationship between the utility and the powerful state agency.

PG&E President Chris Johns said the company is required to communicate regularly with the commission.

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