Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has appointed a new vice president to realign the company's natural gas operations in the wake of a pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
The San Francisco-based energy company says in a statement Thursday that Nick Stavropoulos will assume the position of executive vice president for gas operations June 13.
The Sept. 9 blast in San Bruno ignited a fire that raged for an hour and 40 minutes and injured dozens. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to determine a cause.
Stavropoulos previously was a senior executive at National Grid, a major utility in the Northeast. California Public Utilities Commissioner President Michael Peevey says the move elevates the importance of natural gas safety at PG&E.