Separate from PG&E’s bankruptcy case, federal judge William Alsup (the judge overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation from the 2010 San Bruno explosion) held another hearing on January 30th. Judge Alsup questioned whether PG&E was upholding its duty to prevent its equipment from causing wildfires, saying “it’s not really true” that safety is PG&E’s top priority.
Judge Alsup also asked PG&E’s attorneys: “What do we do? Does the judge just turn a blind eye and say ‘PG&E continue your business as usual. Kill more people?’ Will we see headlines [that] PG&E has done it again? Another town is burned down because you didn’t turn the power off or cut down the trees?”
Judge Alsup is considering whether to impose new probation terms, which may include requiring PG&E to inspect and overhaul its electrical infrastructure throughout California to clear trees and vegetation.
PG&E’s lawyers claim there are not enough qualified tree trimmers to do the work on the scale and timeline that Judge Alsup proposes.
Mike Danko appeared in an interview on KRON4 discussing Judge Alsup’s recent probation hearing: “I am very pleased that somebody finally gets it.” He added “I think the judge might be leaning towards…(requiring PG&E to) adopt a system such that when it gets windy…you shut off the power….because if you shut off the power…there will be no catastrophic wildfire.”
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