PG&E swarmed by lawsuits over 2017 fires

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Calaveras County officials plan to sue Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over the 2015 Butte Fire, which killed two people and has already sparked other lawsuits against the company.

The county’s board of supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to retain a coalition of law firms that specialize in wildfires for a suit against PG&E.

Good luck with that. PG&E’s crimes are notorious. Yet they never seem to face justice.

The Butte Fire, which burned 70,868 acres and destroyed 921 buildings, was started by a pine tree leaning into a PG&E power line, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found. Officials estimate that the county lost “tens of millions of dollars” responding to the fire, as well as through damage to infrastructure and reduced tax revenue.

 

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