State, federal officials take different paths trying to stop utilities from causing wildfires
SAN DIEGO — Nearly two years after one of the deadliest corporate crimes in California history — a utility-sparked wildfire that killed scores of people and destroyed the city of Paradise in rural Butte County — state and federal officials have staked out differing positions on how to prevent history from repeating itself.Gov. Gavin Newsom and his Public Utilities Commission created a new division to monitor wildfire safety plans from California utilities, including Pacific Gas & Electric, whose equipment and negligence ignited the Camp fire in November 2018.They restructured their oversight a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Can PG&E keep California from burning again? 'Nervousness' as fire season arrives
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — PG&E Corp. is nearing the exit doors on its bankruptcy — and now faces the enormous task of delivering on its promise to prevent major wildfires in California.The battered utility, driven into bankruptcy after its power equipment was blamed for a string of deadly mega-fires, is expected to receive the blessing for its Chapter 11 reorganization plan this week from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali.The green light will arrive two weeks before a deadline imposed by the Legislature — and represents a landmark achievement for a company that just a few months ago was being th...
The Sacramento Bee