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By Miriam Raftery
February 21, 2016 (San Diego) – Why did the California Public Utilities Commission hold a hearing on a proposal to increase gas rates for SoCalGas and SDG&E customers, but failed to notify our media outlet?
The hearing was on February 10th. We learned of it from an activist group, too late to notify our readers. We lodged a complaint with the CPUC media office (since we are on their media release list), stating, “Obviously our readers deserve to have notice and come speak out on a gas rate hike issue.” We also asked that a new hearing be held with proper public notice and notification to our media outlet. But 12 days later, we have received no reply.
SoCalGas, owned by Sempra, parent company of SDG&E, was the operator of the San Aliso facility that had the massive natural gas leak that forced thousands of families to evacuate their homes.
Here was the invitation to the public participating hearing: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/calEvent.aspx?id=8521&dt=2/10/2016
The revised gas rates, if approved by the CPUC, would take effect January 1, 2017.
Here is the primary application document: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Efile/G000/M153/K171/153171700.PDF
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