A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s $59 billion reorganization plan, resolving a turbulent bankruptcy that started when the nation’s largest utility sparked a series of wildfires that killed more than 100 people, leveled entire California communities, and led it to plead guilty to over 80 separate counts of involuntary manslaughter. As reported by Reuters, the federal bankruptcy court granted final approval to a proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan for PG&E that will cover damages related to its negligence in the deadly 2018 Northern California Camp Fire. [Read more…]
Second set of criminal convictions in just five years places PG&E among the most criminally-convicted companies in US history
As reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific Gas and Electricity Co. (PG&E) has agreed to plead guilty to 85 felony counts for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record. The felonies include 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully causing a fire resulting from a downed PG&E power line. The Camp Fire in Butte County destroyed as many as 19,000 structures and almost completely leveled the town of Paradise. [Read more…]
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has issued a news release stating that “a very meticulous and thorough investigation” has determined that the November 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County “was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.” The deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, the Camp fire began on the morning of November 8, 2018, and burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 structures and resulting in 85 civilian fatalities and several firefighter injuries. [Read more…]
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESSWIRE)–Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Edelson PC have filed a class action lawsuit in California Superior Court in San Francisco against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for the devastating property damage, economic losses, and disruption to their homes, businesses, and livelihoods caused by the Camp wildfire (“Camp Fire”), started on November 8 by unsafe electrical infrastructure in Butte County owned, operated, and maintained by PG&E. The fire virtually leveled the town of Paradise, destroying nearly 14,000 homes and causing at least 88 deaths and many injuries. [Read more…]
Our thoughts and our hearts go out to our neighbors, colleagues, and friends in northern California, especially those who have lost their lives, homes, and businesses in this newest series of horrific fires.
It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the safety personnel and first responders working tirelessly to bring the fires under control and provide aid during this extremely difficult time throughout the affected areas.
Various news reports indicate that the fire, being called the Camp Fire, broke out early Thursday and has already grown to burn over 80,000 acres in Northern California near Chico, essentially wiping out the town of Paradise and causing at least 40,000 residents to evacuate.
As the fire continues to rage, with only 5% containment, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. today informed Cal Fire regulators that a high-voltage line close to the starting point of the now-huge Camp Fire had experienced a problem and outage just before the first flames appeared. PG&E made a small filing to the California Public Utilities Commission indicating that it had recorded an outage on the line about 20 minutes before the Camp Fire started, approximately 6:15 a.m. Thursday, November 8th. [Read more…]