Pacific Gas & Electric has been on probation since 2016. What got the company on probation was a gas pipeline explosion. Federal Judge William Alsup has presided over the case and has been rather harsh with the company.
On April 29th, Judge Alsup laid out some new requirements relating to wildfire management. He wants PG&E to:
* Employ its own vegetation management inspectors
* State the age of all of its towers, lines and equipment
* Ensure that its inspectors carry enough insurance in case a fire erupts
PG&E disagrees with the judge’s edict and said it is “more likely to undermine wildfire safety than they are to promote it.”
The reason — the company says — is because Alsup’s instructions interfere with actions the company has to take because of legislation passed by the California Legislature and because of regulations being enforced by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
PG&E says to meet the judge’s requirements it “will be forced to divert significant resources from its CPUC-approved Wildfire Safety Plan to satisfy the Court’s conditions, with no evidence that those conditions will enhance safety and a risk that they may well decrease it.”
Source link: Bloomberg