California Burning, PG&E Bankrupt

Boone, Barri

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/03/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23484

A synopsis of PG&E's history of negligence and corruption which has caused wildfire disasters. The company tries to escape consequences but others are demanding change.



PG&E's negligence in maintenance of pipelines and electrical wires has been a cause of multiple tragedies. Regulators accused PG&E, one of the nation’s largest utility companies, of "falsifying safety documents" for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a September 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, near San Francisco.

The oversight agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), found after an investigation that PG&E lacked enough employees to find and mark natural gas pipelines. This led the staff to falsify data from 2012 to 2017 - and PG&E supervisors were aware of the falsified data, which is a serious violation of the law....

PG&E Corporation is a Fortune 500 energy-based holding company, with headquarters in San Francisco. It's the parent company of PG&E, which serves 16 million Californians over 70,000 square miles in northern and central California.

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