Information Matters win IRMS Award for investigation into the San Bruno gas pipeline disaster

On Thursday 9th April the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) gave its final judgement on the San Bruno case and their investigation into the largest natural gas disaster in US history. They found against the utility company involved (PG&E), upheld the safety-related recordkeeping and records-related violations identified by the investigation team, and increased the final fine by $200M from $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion. PG&E have since announced that they will not appeal this decision. 

This case is probably the most high-profile records-management related prosecution in the energy sector, if not wider. It is a watershed moment for North American utility companies and regulators and will form a key point of reference for decades to come. Information Matter's information and records management expert, Dr Paul Duller was instrumental in this investigation, in a case which has taken nearly 4 year to complete. Paul's reports written as an expert witness for CPUC, and the subsequent legal arguments surrounding them serve as an excellent case history illustrating the potential impact of poor recordkeeping and the risks that it brings. 

On the 18th May 2015, Information Matter's Consultancy Director, Dr Paul Duller received a special award from the Information and Records Management Society on behalf of the entire CPUC Investigation Team who's work led to the successful prosecution of PG&E for its role in the San Bruno Gas Pipeline Disaster.

While there is no shortage of news stories in the US press regarding this case, links to the 320 page legal discussion on the record keeping investigation and the 309 page legal discussion of the fines and remedies are presented below, together with a copy of the front page of the SF Chronicle.

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