PG&E Faces Judge’s Wrath on Fire Prevention Failures

By [email protected] Pacific Gas & Electric, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week and faces the threat of being broken up by California regulators, now has an additional worry: satisfying the “zero fires” goals of the federal judge overseeing its criminal probation.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, who oversees PG&E’s criminal probation for its role in the 2010 San Bruno natural-gas pipeline disaster, found the utility in violation of its probation agreement, due to a failure to report its out-of-court $1.5 million settlement with Butte County over its role in the 2017 Honey Fire.

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