How Did PG&E Go Wrong In Preventing Wildfire Risks?

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By Rose Aguilar and Lea Ceasrine, KALW 91.7 FM SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC RADIO

October 31, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the history of PG&E and its role in California’s wildfires.

As of Tuesday, PG&E said that inspectors found 55 instances of damage to their equipment statewide. Up to 2.7 million people in Northern California lost power beginning last week due to PG&E’s planned power shutoffs, and thousands of Bay Area customers are still in the dark without power. How is PG&E to blame for wildfire risk and what do we do now?


Rebecca Smith, energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal

Jamie CourtPresident and Board Chairman of Consumer Watchdog

Web Resources:

SF Chronicle: PG&E to state: 2 Lafayette fires linked to electrical malfunctions

SF Gate: PG&E shut-off: Here is when your power is going back on in California

Slate: The Hopelessness of Wildfire Season

The Wall Street Journal: PG&E Knew For Years Its Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and Didn’t Fix Them

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