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.