California: PG&E to File for Bankruptcy 2 Months After Deadly Camp Fire

HeadlineJan 15, 2019

In California, Pacific Gas and Electric—or PG&E—will file for bankruptcy as it faces up to $30 billion in liability, as well as multiple investigations. California has experienced increasingly devastating wildfires in recent years. In November 2018, the Camp Fire—the state’s deadliest wildfire—decimated the town of Paradise in Northern California, killing at least 86 people. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection—known as Cal Fire—is investigating possible issues with some of the utility’s power lines and towers as the cause of the fire. Cal Fire previously found that many of the worst forest fires in Northern California in 2017 were caused by power lines, poles or other other equipment run by PG&E.

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