By Joshua Melvin
Posted: 10/16/2012 06:21:31 AM PDT
Updated: 10/16/2012 06:22:25 AM PDT
SAN BRUNO -- The same lawmaker who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland and tried the same in the Middle East has been tapped to lead talks over the fine PG&E should pay for the deadly San Bruno blast, officials announced Monday.
Former Sen. George Mitchell is to oversee the negotiations between Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission that officials hope will draw to a close the regulatory proceedings that began after the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion.
PUC President Michael Peevey said the commission is grateful for help resolving this "difficult and painful series of cases."
"We are confident Senator Mitchell can help achieve a solution that will resolve these cases sooner rather than later," Peevey wrote in a statement.
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