PG&E appoints new exec. to realign gas operations

AP News
Posted: May 05, 2011 2:53 PM

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.