Two investigations by CAL FIRE determined that PG&E played a role in 16 wildfires that raged across Northern California, destroying thousands of homes and businesses. They referred 11 of the fires to local district attorneys for potential violations of state law.
CAL FIRE: PG&E EQUIPMENT CAUSED NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES
"...investigators found PG&E was responsible and alleged the utility giant violated state code requiring utilities to maintain adequate clearance between power lines and trees..."
DON'T MAKE RATEPAYERS PAY FOR PG&E "WILDFIRE NEGLIGENCE"
"But if PG&E fails to perform to state standards, if its actions lead to fatalities and property devastation, shareholders - and not ratepayers - should bear the cost."
DON'T GIVE UTILITIES A FREE PASS ON WILDFIRES
"Limiting its compensation for fire damage would be great for PG&E executives and lucrative for its shareholders. But it would be unfair to homeowners, whose insurance payments would rise, and to local governments and taxpayers, who would have to pick up more of the bill for repairs."
Number of fires in the october 2017 fire seige that burned at least 245,000 acres in Northern California.
Northern California wildfires in the October 2017 Fire Siege were caused by electric power and distribution lines, conductors and the failure of power poles.
WILDFIRES have been referred to the appropriate county District Attorney’s offices for review due to evidence of alleged violations of state law.
"That relief might keep the utilities that power our homes from going belly up if they did nothing wrong, but it wo… https://t.co/YYhx2yxTHc