Pacific Gas & Electric\u2019s executive bonuses going forward are to be based largely on safety performance and customer satisfaction, Tony Earley, PG&E chief executive officer, said Aug. 30. A few days before the second anniversary of the San Bruno gas blast that left eight dead and injured numerous others, 40 percent of executive compensation is to be based on safety, he specified. Earley also told reporters that many of the lawsuits over the blast have been settled, including seven of the eight brought by families of those killed Sept. 9, 2010. It is \u201cstarting to give those families some closure,\u201d Earley said. The utility hopes to tie up all the San Bruno lawsuits by the end of this year. The blast also led to a spike in spending on infrastructure upgrades. PG&E plans to spend $250 million this year and another $250 million next year on pipe testing and replacements. The utility tested 250 miles of high pressure gas lines and is \u201con track\u201d for an additional 700 miles of testing this year. Operating pressure testing has been carried out on 3,000 miles of pipe, with all the pipes in highly populated areas tested, according to Earley. In addition, PG&E \u201cretrieved and scanned more than 3 million records and put it a single data base.\u201d PG&E expects the tab from San Bruno, ranging from settlements to pipe upgrades, to reach about $1 billion. That includes $200 million set aside to cover an expected safety fine by the California Public Utilities Commission. A regulatory fine of that size \u201cwould be one of the largest ever,\u201d Earley said. Earley said a priority for the utility is the federal relicensing of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. After leaks in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station\u2019s steam generators were revealed, PG&E inspected Diablo\u2019s steam generators but similar problems were not found.