New York Times Article: What One Old Tower Says About PG&E’s Lax Safety Culture

According to a recent New York Times article, the tower that caused the Camp Fire was a 99-year old transmission tower. PG&E noted in a form filed with federal regulators that the useful life of such towers expired at 75 years.

PG&E kept the tower in operation, despite warnings about aging equipment and the threat that powerful winds would pose. Supervisors and executive management ignored concerns and warnings about the vulnerabilities of the system and its equipment.

The article emphasizes that this wasn’t a one-of-a-kind incident with PG&E. Over and over, investigations show the practices at PG&E are not driven by safety but by the company’s focus on its bottom line.

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