SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

According to a disclosure document PG&E Corp. and its subsidiary filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company expects the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the Sept. 9, 2010, explosion of its transmission pipeline in San Bruno.

The blast killed eight people, injured dozens of others and sparked a fireball that laid waste to 38 homes in the bedroom community that still bears scars from the accident.

The company said it has been in discussions with federal prosecutors to reach a resolution, but it now expects federal prosecutors will charge that PG&E's past operating practices violated numerous federal Pipeline Safety Act requirements.

Lillian ArauzHaase, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco, said she could not immediately comment,