As reported by ABC News 7, Federal Judge William Alsup has recently criticized the disaster prevention efforts of PG&E citing the most recent pipeline explosion and the Camp Fire as reason for doing so. Judge Alsup is also overseeing PG&E’s probation which they received from a six-count conviction due to the San Bruno pipeline explosion. Judge Alsup has issued a written order to PG&E saying that the point of the order was to “from further death and destruction resulting from PG&E-caused wildfires.”
What Does Judge Alsup’s Order Say?
The Judge’s order is eight pages of scathing critisizms considering how PG&E has upheld their very own policies for preventing disasters like the Camp Fire and San Bruno pipeline explosion. As written in the order:
“The offender’s [PG&E] unsafe conduct [has lead to the San Bruno gas explosion], and now, the offender’s unsafe conduct has led to recurring deadly wildfires caused by its electrical system.” – Order Issued by Judge Alsup.
The order also states that PG&E is not to issue dividends to investors until the energy company does considerably more to prevent the fires and explosions in which they have been found to be responsible for. Even though PG&E knowingly failed to uphold their very own policies, they still managed to pay out dividends of over $1 billion in 2016 and $921 million in 2017.
What is PG&E’s Response?
ABC News 7 states that PG&E responded with:
“_PG&E shares the court’s commitment to safety and agrees that we must all continue to work together with urgency to address the risk of wildfire throughout Northern and Central California.
To that end, PG&E is committed to completing the work outlined in its recently submitted Wildfire Safety Plan, which details a variety of measures we are taking to help keep our customers and communities safe. We continue to work with regulators, lawmakers and our community partners across all sectors and disciplines to develop comprehensive, long-term safety solutions for our state.
With respect to the court’s latest order, we will respond within the time frame requested.” – PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric).