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When it filed bankruptcy, PG&E committed to pay its army of bankruptcy lawyers on a monthly basis many millions of dollars in fees.  Some of that money might better be directed to PG&E victims who have been homeless for years now, especially since PG&E swears in court that it filed it bankruptcy to serve the best interests of its victims. Just how much will the bankruptcy lawyers take from the pot?  Hard to say exactly,…
Judge Alsup ruled that PG&E violated the felony probation imposed upon it after the San Bruno explosion. While PG&E says safety is its number one priority, the judge said that is untrue.  Rather, PG&E’s number one priority seems to be profits. In 2017 alone, PG&E was responsible for starting 17 wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes and burned alive 22 people.    The judge believes it is his job to protect the public from future…
As discussed here, PG&E, after being found liable for the 2015 Butte fire, agreed to pay certain victims settlements so that they could begin repair of their homes.  Those payments were due yesterday.  But instead of making the payments, PG&E reneged, stating that it needed cash for “operational integrity and safe delivery of natural gas and electricity.” Apparently, that’s PG&E code for “management raises.” From PG&E filing of today with the SEC:…
The 2015 Butte Fire burned 77,000 acres and destroyed 500 homes.  The court determined long ago, as did Cal Fire, that PG&E was responsible for causing that fire.  After more than 3 years of litigation, PG&E agreed to pay at least some of the most desperate victims what is due them.  PG&E was supposed to make those payments today.  But it didn’t.  Instead, it is reneging.   Is PG&E holding on to the money so it can…
After PG&E was convicted of various felonies in connection with the San Bruno explosion, it was placed on probation.  The judge overseeing that probation believes that the leading cause of fires such as the Camp Fire is the fact that PG&E does not insulate its power lines.  ABC7 asks me about the latest of Judge Alsup’s orders.  …
Last week we filed a new lawsuit setting forth our latest evidence that it was a PG&E equipment failure — in particular the failure of a piece of hardware that secured an insulator on PG&E’s 100 year-old transmission tower near the Poe dam — that started the Camp Fire.  As discussed in this post, the lawsuit was covered by both the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chico-Enterprise Record.  While PG&E was still claiming that…