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Calif. congresswoman: PG&E can't find key records

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Tarps cover the site in San Bruno, Calif., Jan. 12, 2011 where a gas pipeline explosion started. Officials in the San Francisco suburb devastated by a fatal explosion have decided how to distribute $400,000 in donations. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Tarps cover the site in San Bruno, Calif., Jan. 12, 2011 where a gas pipeline explosion started. Officials in the San Francisco suburb devastated by a fatal explosion have decided how to distribute $400,000 in donations. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The utility that operated a pipeline that exploded in a San Francisco suburb cannot find key records needed to set safe pressures for nearly a third of its gas transmission lines, a congresswoman told a newspaper.

Rep. Jackie Speier said Thursday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. President Chris Johns told her his staff can't find the manufacturing and installation documents for the lines in urban areas, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

PG&E and other utilities across the state are under orders by regulators to produce the documents.

PG&E spokesman Joe Molica did not immediately provide comment Friday to The Associated Press.

In December, PG&E disclosed it had inaccurate documents about the pipeline that exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9, sparking a gigantic fireball that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

Officials have not determined an exact cause but suspect the pipeline may have burst under high pressure.

The California Public Utilities Commission has ordered all state utilities to present reliable records for transmission lines by March 15.

Commission President Michael Peevey said he would ask his fellow commissioners to vote on holding a public investigation into the San Bruno explosion.

The proceeding could include fact-finding hearings and the creation of a clearinghouse for all San Bruno-related documents.

Peevey's announcement came a day after San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, state Sen. Mark Leno, The Utility Reform Network and the Consumer Federation of California complained that state investigators had been operating largely in private.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle

(This version CORRECTS Adds background, corrects statement that state regulators plan public hearings.)

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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