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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

Yuba County Lawsuit Blames PG&E for Cascade Fire Destruction

Yuba County, California, has joined the growing ranks of plaintiffs suing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) over devastating losses it suffered in the Cascade Fire in October 2017. The lawsuit, filed in Yuba County Superior Court, faults the state’s largest utility company for fires and explosions stretching back to 1981. According to the Appeal-Democrat, the county asserts the disasters stem from “well-documented systemic failures, including lack of safety regulations, inspection, maintenance, and risk management practices …” These failures “caused and/or contributed to causing one of the most destructive and deadly wildfires California has ever seen (collectively, the ‘North Bay Fires’),” 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

Lawsuits Blame PG&E For Deadly California Wildfires

Lawsuits continue to mount against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) blaming the California utility giant for the deadly wildfires that swept through several Northern California counties last month, killing 43 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. The precise causes of the wildfires, the deadliest in California’s history, have not been determined, but “preliminary investigations suggest that this fire might have been caused by electrical equipment that was owned, installed and maintained by a third party,” PG&E attorneys wrote in court documents, according to The Mercury News. The October wildfires decimated large swaths of the state’s Wine Country, consuming ... Read More

Judge Files Whistleblower Complaint Accusing California Regulators of Retaliation

The former chief administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission is filing a whistleblower complaint against the utility regulator, alleging she was fired for cooperating with federal investigators probing the Commission’s lax oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). According to The Mercury News, Judge Karen Valentina Clopton claims the Utilities Commission dismissed her from her top-ranking judicial position in August in retaliation for her cooperation with federal investigators probing the 2010 natural gas explosion that destroyed a San Bruno, California neighborhood. The explosion occurred when an old 30-inch natural gas pipeline ruptured underneath a suburban neighborhood just ... Read More

PG&E Found Guilty Of Criminal Obstruction In San Bruno Blast Trial

A federal jury found Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility company, guilty of obstructing investigators probing a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled dozens of homes in the San Francisco Bay area. The criminal trial ended Tuesday with the utility convicted of six charges, including one charge that it obstructed a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) official investigating the blasts, which occurred on Sept. 9 in San Bruno, just south of San Francisco. The other five charges stemmed from federal pipeline safety violations. Federal prosecutors argued during the trial that PG&E intentionally misled federal ... Read More