Exclusive: Needles, CA: Audio recording saying that Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the cause of the Southwest Gas outage in Needles, California.

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Exclusive: Needles, CA: Audio recording saying that Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the cause of the Southwest Gas outage in Needles, California.

ZachNews received an audio recording late Saturday from a resident in Needles, California of a Southwest Gas employee telling resident that “P.G.& E.” (Pacific Gas and Electric Company) was the cause of the gas outage that affected both residents and businesses in Needles, California on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014.

When the resident asked the Southwest Gas employee what caused all this mess; the gas outage, the Southwest Gas employee said to the resident, “P.G.& E.”

When the resident asked the Southwest Gas employee how they did that, the Southwest Gas employee said to the resident, “turned the wrong valve” then the Southwest Gas employee said, “somebody got fired.”

As for reimbursing those businesses or restaurants that were affected by the Southwest Gas outage, the Southwest Gas employee tells the resident that, “I don’t know how they they work that, but if – you know – I am assuming if they did it, they probably – what is going to happen is were going to hand them a bill, all the restaurants – everything will probably hand us a bill, and then we’re going to hand it over to P.G.& E. and say here you go.”

** You can listen to the audit recording at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

http://youtu.be/1B4gcUr3rO0

ZachNews reached out to both Southwest Gas as well as Pacific Gas and Electric Company regarding this audio recording and about Pacific Gas and Electric Company being the cause of the gas outage that affected both residents and businesses in Needles, California on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014.

Both Southwest Gas as well as Pacific Gas and Electric Company did not respond to ZachNews before our deadline, but when Southwest Gas as well as Pacific Gas and Electric Company do respond, ZachNews will post their response on ZachNews.

On Thursday, February 20th, 2014, ZachNews asked Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation regarding what was posted on the Southwest Gas’ News Bulletins website alerting customers about the Southwest Gas outage which said, “Southwest Gas is experiencing an outage in Needles, California, due to a third party.”

ZachNews received an email talking about the “third party” from Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation saying, “The standard in the utility industry is to not release the names of third parties until the investigation into the situation has been completed. While it is a pretty straightforward incident, we need to follow the policies set forth in the industry and those that we practice internally,” said Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation.

When ZachNews asked if Pacific Gas and Electric Company was the cause of this gas outage in Needles, California, Stephen Miller, Analyst I, Communications at Southwest Gas Corporation told ZachNews by email, “I will refer to my previous response about third parties.”

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

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