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Tue Jun 16, 2020, 03:46 PM

PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Manslaughter in Camp Fire Case

Source: New York Times

Marie Wehe, a grandmother, widow and cancer survivor, died in her truck on Nov. 8, 2018, while trying to escape the Camp Fire, an inferno that started when a transmission line broke from a nearly-100-year-old Pacific Gas & Electric tower. She was one of scores killed in California’s most devastating wildfire.

In a rare acknowledgment of corporate wrongdoing, PG&E on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for its negligence, ending a two-year ordeal for the families of victims like Ms. Wehe and survivors of the fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise.

PG&E, which had repeatedly failed to maintain the line even though it cut through a forested and mountainous area known to experience strong winds, also pleaded guilty to one count of illegally setting a fire.

The Camp Fire devastated lives and billions of dollars in property, but it also left PG&E struggling to survive while it fends off creditors in bankruptcy court, a public furious about the company’s history of accidents and power outages and a governor who at one point threatened a state takeover. The company, California’s biggest utility, is expected to receive a judge’s approval soon for its plan to exit bankruptcy. Under that plan, the company will pay $13.5 billion to people who lost homes and businesses from wildfires started by its equipment, including the Camp Fire.

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By Ivan Penn and Peter Eavis
June 16, 2020
Updated 2:55 p.m. ET


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/16/business/energy-environment/pge-camp-fire-california-wildfires.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 03:49 PM

1. Since corporations are now people, how much jail time will PG&E get?

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 03:55 PM

4. Good point!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 03:51 PM

2. What are the

names of the corporate executives who will serve prison time?

thought so....



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Response to homegirl (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 16, 2020, 03:53 PM

3. The same guys who got big bonuses, I bet. nt

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