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PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter in California Wildfire

PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter in California Wildfire

LOS ANGELES—Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) pleaded guilty on June 16 to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a devastating 2018 wildfire in Northern California touched off by the utility company’s power lines. The guilty plea, part of an agreement with prosecutors in Butte County, is intended to end all criminal proceedings against PG&E […]

Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

By Debra Tash Residents of Ventura County recently experienced the effects of a Southern California Edison’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  It was the utility’s attempt to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment/grid failures in a high wind event.  Customers were left in the dark for days resulting in food spoilage, revenue loss with businesses […]

Rising from the ashes: When the Camp Fire hit Paradise, California

Rising from the ashes: When the Camp Fire hit Paradise, California

Editor’s Note this is republished from Pacific Legal Foundation spotlighting one of their own, Eileen Durta, whose family was affected by the last year’s devastating Camp Fire.  It relates what it means when a community, impacted by a destructive event, pulls together.  Ventura County has certainly experienced its share of tragedy and like Paradise we […]

California Utility’s Plan To Prevent Wildfires Includes Shutting Off Power To 5 Million People: Report

California Utility’s Plan To Prevent Wildfires Includes Shutting Off Power To 5 Million People: Report

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter.   PG&E, California’s largest utility, is reportedly considering shutting off power to as much as an eighth of Californians during times of high fire danger. PG&E’s service area covers 5.4 million people in fire-prone areas. The utility might initiate a blackout to keep its electric lines from sparking and starting fires during […]

Reducing forest fire risks requires market incentives, free enterprise

Reducing forest fire risks requires market incentives, free enterprise

BY JONATHAN WOOD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR  In a rare example of bipartisanship, last week the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed two Republican-sponsored bills to increase funding for fire-reduction projects in federal, state and private forests. Although there is heated disagreement over the causes of the recent increase in catastrophic wildfires — is it climate change, federal mismanagement or […]

California Governor Wants Millions More for Wildfire Prevention; Trump Threatens to Cut FEMA Funds

California Governor Wants Millions More for Wildfire Prevention; Trump Threatens to Cut FEMA Funds

By Ron Brackett At a Glance California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed to spend $305 million for prevention and response to wildfires and other disasters. He also asked President Donald Trump to restore cuts to federal fire-safety budgets. In a tweet, Trump threatened to cut FEMA funds to California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced plans to […]

California’s Largest Utility Could Face Murder Charges for Sparking Wildfires

California’s Largest Utility Could Face Murder Charges for Sparking Wildfires

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter . California’s largest utility could face murder charges or manslaughter charges if found responsible for sparking recent, deadly wildfires around the state, according to the state attorney general. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, filed documents Friday with Northern California’s federal district court warning that the utility company Pacific Gas and Electric […]

Wildfire Evacuees Return Home to Find Missing Dog Watching Their Burned Property

Wildfire Evacuees Return Home to Find Missing Dog Watching Their Burned Property

Scott Morefield | Reporter   A California family forced to evacuate their home due to Camp Fire’s flames returned home weeks later to find their lost dog, Madison, waiting for them on the property. Camp Fire evacuees return home to find lost dog patiently waiting for them https://t.co/J2aXhhmzgn pic.twitter.com/JvyJsNOjrW — ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) December 8, […]

Death Toll From California’s Deadliest Fire Ever Hits 87

Death Toll From California’s Deadliest Fire Ever Hits 87

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter California’s deadliest fire in state history has killed at least 87 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes, The Sacramento Bee reports. The Camp Fire has covered around 153,000 acres, or 239 square miles, since igniting Nov. 8. Firefighters have nearly contained the blaze and believe the fire will be under control or put out […]

Trump is Leaning on Congress to Rid Federal Forests of Fire Risks

Trump is Leaning on Congress to Rid Federal Forests of Fire Risks

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter . The Trump administration is asking Congress to expand executive authority over federal forestland so agencies may streamline regulations on forest management. “We are asking Congress for the authority to streamline [forest management] projects on federal land and expand other authorities to improve access roads for firefighters and protect towns […]

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