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PG&E Files for Bankruptcy as Wildfire Liabilities Mount

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in anticipation of a tidal wave of litigation stemming from the Nov. 8 Camp Fire, which destroyed an entire town and killed 86 people. Bankruptcy court filings show that PG&E’s liabilities after the Camp Fire – the largest wildfire in the state’s history – have topped $50 billion while the utility’s assets are valued at about $71 billion, according to The Washington Post. The bankruptcy announcement has riled people throughout the state, including investors, government officials, and the general public. Likely to suffer most from the filing are the ... Read More

PG&E Could Be Tried for Murder for Wildfires, Attorney General Says

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, may be charged and tried for murder or manslaughter if investigators find it operated its equipment in a “reckless” manner that sparked the deadly wildfires that swept through the state in 2017 and 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told a federal judge. The Attorney General’s statement about the besieged utility, which faces monumental lawsuits and fines stretching back to the 2010 San Bruno gas explosions that killed eight people and injured several others, was submitted to a federal judge in a legal brief last month. According to The Sacramento Bee, Attorney General ... Read More

California Considers Breaking Up PG&E Over Safety Concerns

California regulators said they are considering breaking up Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the state’s largest utility company, into smaller units as the company has been linked to gas pipeline explosions, massive wildfires and mismanagement. The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) announcement came a day after state senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) called for a PG&E shakeup. Sen. Dodd, who has been a PG&E ally and wrote legislation that would help the utility pay for lawsuits filed in the wake of the 2017 wine-country wildfires, said “PG&E has demonstrated a pattern of poor management and illegal conduct that has shattered lives ... Read More

PG&E Under Fire for Falsifying Safety Records

California regulators have ordered an investigation into Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company, accusing the utility of falsifying safety documents for years, even when it was embroiled in the aftermath of the deadly San Bruno gas explosions. The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Dec. 18 order accuses PG&E of faking thousands of safety records pertaining to its natural gas infrastructure from 2012 through 2017. “This is the period immediately following the 2010 San Bruno gas explosion and fire that resulted in eight fatalities, numerous injuries and damage to property,” the CPUC’s order observes. The CPUC’s order for an investigation of ... Read More

PG&E Fined $97.5 Million For Misconduct After San Bruno Explosions

The deadly San Bruno, California natural gas pipeline explosions that killed eight people and injured dozens of others in Sept. 2010 continue to be a costly disaster for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the utility company that owned the faulty infrastructure. California utility regulators issued fines to PG&E Thursday totaling $97.5 million after investigations found evidence of, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, improper back-channel communications between the utility company and the California Public Utilities Commission – the same agency issuing the penalty. The Commission unanimously approved the penalty, which requires PG&E to pay $6 million each to the cities ... Read More

Gas Leak Explosion Rocks San Francisco Neighborhood

A PG&E gas line leak triggered an explosion inside a San Francisco home Monday morning, Nov. 27, forcing the evacuation of several homes and street closures in the Bernal Heights section of the city. The blast occurred in a residence in the 3900 block of Mission Street near St. Mary’s Ave. around 10:40 a.m., just as firefighters arrived at the scene to investigate reports of a gas leak in the area. Nobody was home at the time of the blast and no injuries were reported. The gas explosion blew out the windows of the residence and sent debris flying into ... Read More

Gas pipeline safety improvements stalled by loose cannon legislator

On September 9, 2010, a subterranean natural gas pipeline owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) exploded in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno, creating a wall of fire that towered over 300 feet tall. The massive explosion killed 8 people and injured dozens more. It also leveled 38 homes and damaged about 70 others. More than a year later, federal investigators issued a final report on the disaster that cited “multiple and recurring deficiencies in PG&E operational practices,” and concluded that the company suffered from safety problems described as “systemic.” Among the “litany of failures” the National ... Read More

Defects, incompetence led to deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Federal investigators probing the cause of a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes last September found a “litany of failures” at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., combined with weak government oversight and inadequate emergency response, led to the disaster. The San Bruno pipeline explosion is “the story of flawed pipe, flawed inspection and flawed emergency response,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, Chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which led the investigation. “It was not a question of if the pipe would fail, but when,” she said. Ms. Hersman said that ... Read More