PG&E loses gambit to avoid California’s inverse condemnation rules

Nov. 27, 2019: “Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s bankruptcy judge has rejected the utility’s attempt to reduce its liability for the 2017 and 2018 wildfires by circumventing a tough California legal doctrine.” Continue reading on

Paradise Residents Still Can’t Drink the Water

Sep. 30, 2019: “Since last November, when the Camp Fire almost completely destroyed the town of Paradise, the cancer-causing chemical benzene has tainted the town’s water, leaving it undrinkable. Now an independent team of scientists will begin testing for the carcinogen and other pollutants inside the houses that the fire left standing.” Continue reading on

New data shows surge in home prices following Camp Fire

Oct. 2, 2019: “The anniversary of the Camp Fire is less than a month away and now, new data reveals just how much average home prices went up since the fire.” Continue reading on

Access to health care was already difficult before the Camp Fire, according to new assessment

Sep. 20, 2019: “Laurie Heer injured her shoulder when her dog panicked while they evacuated during the Camp Fire. But she couldn’t find her Paradise doctor to prescribe her pain medication and get her on the path for surgery for several months. Now she’s struggling to pay for gas to drive from Lime Saddle Campground, where she’s temporarily living, to Chico every week for appointments with a physical therapist and a psychiatrist. Her dentist has a seemingly interminable waitlist.” Continue reading on

PG&E creates $105 million wildfire assistance fund to help fire survivors

May 22, 2019: “CALIFORNIA – In a press release, PG&E Spokesperson Paul Moreno announced that PG&E worked with a bankruptcy court to create a $105 million emergency housing fund to benefit survivors of the Camp Fire and the 2017 Northern California wildfires.” Continue reading on

Cal Fire investigation determines PG&E lines caused Camp Fire

May 15, 2019: “SACRAMENTO — Cal Fire investigators officially announced the cause of the Camp Fire today in a press release. Sparking Pacific Gas & Electric lines in Pulga, and a second ignition source near Concow and Rim roads were determined to have started the deadly Camp Fire on Nov. 8, which burned more than 153,000 acres, destroyed 18,804 structures and resulted in 85 deaths and several firefighter injuries.” Continue reading on

District Attorney says PG&E equipment started Camp Fire, not yet sure if it was a crime

May 3, 2019: “District Attorney Mike Ramsey says all other causes have been ruled out, but investigators are still trying to determine whether charges as serious as manslaughter could apply.” Continue reading on

Federal judge: PG&E “unsafe” actions, “dismal” prevention, caused wildfires; orders suspension of dividends to shareholders

Mar. 7, 2019: “PG&E, despite filing for a bankruptcy linked to potential liabilities from lethal wildfires in 2017 and 2018, has urged a judge to approve $235 million in bonuses during 2019 for thousands of employees, court records show.” Continue reading on

Federal judge: PG&E “unsafe” actions, “dismal” prevention, caused wildfires; orders suspension of dividends to shareholders

Mar. 6, 2019: “Castigating PG&E for years of “unsafe conduct,” a federal judge has ordered the beleaguered utility to stop paying shareholder dividends and focus its resources on managing the vegetation around its power lines to stave off more deadly wildfires.” Continue reading on

PG&E: Company’s equipment may have ignited Camp Fire

Feb. 28, 2019: “NEW YORK — Pacific Gas & Electric says its equipment may have ignited the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 86 people and destroyed an entire town in Northern California.” Continue reading on