PG&E is Being Sued
Currently, PG&E is being sued and will be held liable for the murder charges that came with the recent California fires if they are found to be the cause of such fires.
As is stated in the brief filed Friday by Northern California’s federal district court, more charges will follow if the company is found to have acted with evil intent when operating and maintaining their equipment. The filing was preceded by a United States District Judge’s, named William Alsup, demand for the utility to prove that they had not involvement in the infamous Camp Fire. This fire was one of the many California’s largest utility is thought to have caused and if proven liable, would add 88 lives to the death toll of the company. Last month, PG&E acknowledged that their equipment may have started the Camp Fire, according to CNBC. Prosecutors will determine whether PG&E committed the crimes by analyzing PG&E’s operations, maintenance, and safety practices. Murder is not the only charge the company is facing though. The utility could also be charged with involuntary manslaughter if it is proven not to have kept up with maintenance guidelines such as clearing vegetation around the poles and power-lines. If PG&E is proven to be reckless, it could also be facing other felony crimes. (CNN)
The fact that PG&E has ignored the problems that came before the fires is absolutely inexcusable. If the charges listed are to go through, it is likely that PG&E will go bankrupt. While this sounds good, it will surely be a huge blow to the California economy considering they are the largest utility stationed in California. While the utility was responsible for unspeakable things, the utility said in a statement to the Sacramento Bee, “PG&E’s most important responsibility is public and workforce safety. Our focus continues to be on assessing our infrastructure to further enhance safety and helping our customers continue to recover and rebuild” (USNews).