- July 12, 2019
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An encouraging sign of accountability being demanded in light of the bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal this week:
A federal judge in California has ordered PG&E Corp. to respond "paragraph-by-paragraph" to a Wall Street Journal story detailing the utility's knowledge of the safety risks posed by sections of its massive transmission system and its failure to make needed upgrades.
The development came as the California Legislature passed a sweeping $26 billion wildfire plan yesterday aiming to address ongoing wildfire threats in the Golden State.
Investigators have blamed downed PG&E power lines for igniting multiple fires, including the Camp Fire in November 2018 that killed more than 85 people. That same blaze destroyed more than 14,000 homes in Paradise, Calif., nearly 90 miles north of Sacramento.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup gave the San Francisco-based utility until noon July 31 to file a "fresh, forthright statement owning up to the true extent" of The Wall Street Journal article. He warned PG&E not to use excuses, such as not knowing what documents The Wall Street Journal examined, in order to avoid responding.