Internal PG&E Emails Show that PG&E Rated the Transmission Line that Started the Camp Fire as Having a “High” Risk of Failure
CHICO, CA – Danko Meredith, Gibbs Law Group, and Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle, a coalition of law firms known as Northern California Fire Lawyers, are in possession of documents showing that as early as 2014, PG&E knew that the towers on the Caribou-Palermo line – the transmission line responsible for starting the November 2018 Camp Fire – had a “high” likelihood of failure. In a February 25, 2014, email, PG&E employees admitted the line posed a risk of failure but figured any resulting fire would probably be doused by rain:
Despite filing for bankruptcy in January, the company has asked the bankruptcy judge to approve payment of $235 million in bonuses to employees in 2019. PG&E issued a statement that bonuses will be paid if workers meet safety and operational goals, but court documents indicate that meeting financial goals rather than safety are the priority for bonuses.
A partnership between California State Parks and Butte County will create a temporary RV Park to house Camp Fire survivors. Butte County has been granted temporary use of Lake Oroville’s State Recreation Area Lime Saddle Campground, available on a first-come first-placed basis. Water and wastewater pumping will be provided by the county.
This week PG&E appeared in bankruptcy court to answer questions under oath put to it by wildfire survivors and other creditors. PG&E and its lawyers resisted answering some questions and, in one instance, outright refused to do so even after being directed to answer by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee. (So much for PG&E’s commitment to “transparency” during the bankruptcy process.)