For Years PG&E Knew Their Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and They Still Didn’t Fix Them

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In 2017 PG&E identified parts that needed a repair on its transmission lines to prevent structure failure, and dozens of steel towers needed to be replaced because they were still being used beyond their life expectancy. 

In November of 2018, the failure of a century-old transmission line owned by PG&E sparked the massive wildfire known as the Camp Fire. The wildfire killed 85 people, destroyed 19,000 structures, and burned the town of Paradise, CA. 

Many people said the deadly November 2018 blaze was triggered by PG&E’s high-voltage electrical transmission line. After a very meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Fire officials have determined that the wildfire was indeed caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity. 

Despite the information the utility had in 2017, PG&E delayed repairs on old transmission lines. The utility has long been aware that parts of its 18,500-mile transmission system were dangerously outdated. 

PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January, claiming it’s facing more than $30 billion in fire-related liabilities. The company has received hundreds of complaints from at least 5,600 fire victims. 

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