SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. records show California regulators questioned the utility about its record-keeping practices several years before the San Bruno pipeline explosion, when they found the company was writing key documents in erasable ink.

Records filed this week with the California Public Utilities Commission show authorities discovered the practice through audits of the company.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that in response, PG&E sent its employees a bulletin on Dec. 31, 2007, ordering all records to be written in permanent ink going forward. The company said it wanted to ensure its documents "represent the work of the party actually performing the required task."

PG&E included the bulletin in nearly 200 records it provided the commission in response to a probe of the company's record-keeping in the wake of the deadly San Bruno blast.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

North Coast killers on death row


Robert Scully
Age: 58
Year arrived: 1997
Crime: Murdered Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Trejo

Richard Allen Davis
Age: 62
Year arrived: 1996
Crime: Murdered 12-year-old Polly Klaas

Ramon Salcido
Age: 55
Year arrived: 1990
Crime: Murdered seven people, including his wife and two daughters


Jerrold Johnson
Age: 54
Year arrived: 2000
Crime: Home invasion-murder of 76-year-old Ellen Salling

Gerald Stanley
Age: 71
Year Arrived: 1984
Crime: Convicted of killing two of his wives