With each new damning report issued by California state investigators over the causes of the devastating wildfires that struck Northern California in October 2017, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) continues to lose important political support in Sacramento, backing it may need to survive if the 112-year-old privately-owned utility is found legally responsible for billions of dollars in damages and dozens of deaths.
In a report released Friday, June 8, 2018, California state investigators determined that privately-owned utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) was responsible for at least 12 of the Northern California wildfires that made up the devastating North Bay Fires of October 2017.
Following the release of the first Cal Fire reports examining the causes of the devastating October 2017 northern California fires—which found evidence in at least three of four instances that PG&E had failed to comply with state law regarding the removal of trees and branches from around power lines—experts are beginning to speculate openly about PG&E’s ability to survive the financial fallout from the disaster.
With the privately-owned California utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) facing potentially devastating financial losses related to the northern California fires of October 2017, state lawmakers are grappling for ways to address the situation, made all the more complicated by PG&E’s already dubious safety record.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) violated California law by failing to clear trees and other vegetation a safe distance from power lines, resulting in at least three of the deadly North Bay Fires of October 2017. Such is the damning conclusion outlined in a new Cal Fire report released Friday, May 25.
On May 18, a state superior court judge in San Francisco denied PG&E’s efforts to have plaintiffs’ inverse condemnation claims dismissed from a collection of consolidated lawsuits over the privately-owned utility’s role in the devastating North Bay Fires of October 2017. The decision, which may prove temporary pending an appellate court decision on the same issue in a different case, potentially could expose PG&E to billions of dollars in additional financial obligations to the fires’ victims.