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FBI Investigates PG&E Power Equipment Post Camp Fire Incident

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According to The San Francisco Chronicle: the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is investigating PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) power lines and equipment in light of the recent Camp Fire that ravaged Butte County, California. The FBI is investigating this equipment to see if there is a causal relationship between certain types of known PG&E equipment malfunctions and the equipment malfunction that is believed to have started the deadly Camp Fire.

“An attorney for PG&E told lawyers representing wildfire victims and others on Monday that the company had “recently assisted” local prosecutors in their collection of parts from four towers along the high-voltage Caribou-Palermo transmission line.

He said the Butte County district attorney’s office wanted to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation test on cross-arm sections and suspension hooks from those towers — which appears to be the same kind of equipment that malfunctioned on another Caribou-Palermo tower right at the origin point of the Camp Fire.” – The San Francisco Chronicle.

What Types of Equipment are Being Investigated?

The types of equipment under investigation by PG&E and the FBI include:

Is PG&E at Fault for the Camp Fire?

Evidence is still being collected and analyzed, but most signs point toward PG&E being held responsible for the Camp Fire. In fact:

“PG&E has admitted the state probably will find it responsible for the inferno, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire to date. The company’s mounting liabilities from that disaster and 2017 blazes prompted it to file for bankruptcy protection in January.” – The San Francisco Chronicle.

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