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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/17/2020 05:09 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/17/2020 05:09 PM
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PG&E Plead Guilty 84 Times Yesterday in Butte County Superior Court

San Francisco, CA...PG&E today entered its plea in Butte County Superior Court related to its role in the 2018 Camp Fire. In accordance with the agreement PG&E reached in March 2020 with the Butte County District Attorney, the company pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting a fire.

The following statement was delivered in court by PG&E Corporation CEO and President Bill Johnson.

"I am here today on behalf of the 23,000 men and women of PG&E, to accept responsibility for the fire here that took so many lives and changed these communities forever.

I have heard the pain and the anguish of victims as they've described the loss they continue to endure, and the wounds that can't be healed. No words from me could ever reduce the magnitude of such devastation or do anything to repair the damage. But I hope that the actions we are taking here today will help bring some measure of peace.

Our equipment started the fire that destroyed the towns of Paradise and Concow and severely burned Magalia and other parts of Butte County. That fire took the lives of 85 people. Thousands lost their homes and businesses, and many others were forced to evacuate under horrific circumstances.

I wish there were some way to take back what happened or take away the pain of those who've suffered. But I know there's not.

What I can say is this: First, PG&E will never forget the Camp Fire and all that it took from this region. We remain deeply, deeply sorry for the terrible devastation we have caused.

Second, since the Camp Fire, we have worked side-by-side with Butte County residents and public officials to help the Paradise region recover and rebuild. That work continues today, and we are doing everything we can to make things right.

Third, we are working hard to get the victims compensated. With our Plan of Reorganization on track to be approved by June 30, their wait may finally be nearing an end. In fact, the Bankruptcy Court has concluded confirmation hearings regarding our Plan. This should be one of the final steps toward paying the $25.5 billion in settlements we've reached with wildfire victims, Butte County agencies and others.

Finally, I want to reiterate to the Court and all of the people of the Paradise region that the lessons PG&E learned from the Camp Fire are being taken to heart and are driving comprehensive changes currently underway at PG&E.

We are intently focused on reducing the risk of wildfire in our communities. We have improved our inspection and operational protocols. We are hardening our energy system and making it more resilient. We have incorporated advanced technology to better predict and detect extreme weather conditions. All of this, and more, is being done to help make sure the tragedy that occurred here never happens again, in any of the communities we serve.

In closing, I want to reiterate that on behalf of PG&E, I apologize for the pain we have caused. We know we cannot replace all that the fire destroyed. We do hope that by pleading guilty and accepting accountability, by compensating victims and supporting rebuilding efforts, and by making significant, lasting changes in the way we operate, we can honor those who were lost and help this community move forward.

Your Honor, we make this plea with sadness and regret—and with eyes open to what happened, and to what we must do to make things right."

About PG&E Corporation

PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) is a holding company headquartered in San Francisco. It is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, an energy company that serves 16 million Californians across a 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California. Each of PG&E Corporation and the Utility is a separate entity, with distinct creditors and claimants, and is subject to separate laws, rules and regulations. For more information, visit In this news release, they are together referred to as "PG&E."

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Re: no subject
Posted on: 2020-06-17 17:23:21   By: Anonymous
OK-so who is actually going to jail on this one? How much time are they going to get?

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    Aged Hook
    Posted on: 2020-06-17 17:50:51   By: Anonymous
    The hook that failed causing the Butte fire was made in 1919.
    Yes, 1919.
    PG&E had a replace after failure policy. This saves $ in the short run, and causes death and destruction in the long run.
    This is abject corporate responsibility failure.

    This continues with the absurd 12 foot clearance PG&E still is ok with.
    12 feet is not enough clearance from power lines. This is once again abject corporate malfeasance.

    The 12 foot clearance criteria PG&E uses must be challenged in court if necessary.
    We will see more fires until PG&E updates all it's aged equipment, and provides adequate clearances in it's right-of ways.

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      Re: Aged Hook/\/\ The hook that failed...
      Posted on: 2020-06-17 18:28:34   By: Anonymous
      So my question is: Who is going to jail? Does anyone out there know because this whole thing doesn't make sense as a criminal trial? What's going to happen is that this large entity is just going to give some kind of LARGE restitution and then all is forgiven? Do you think that major stockholders will be tried, convicted, and go to jail including Mr. Johnson? I don't think so! In other words, no heads will roll and no one will go to jail for murder? One should just call this a civil matter!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-06-17 18:25:18   By: Anonymous
Hopefully someday we’ll read a similar headline pertaining to Trump.

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    Re: /\/\ Hopefully someday...
    Posted on: 2020-06-17 19:18:52   By: Anonymous
    I think not! Go Trump 2020! Lets MAGA!

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      Corporate Immunity
      Posted on: 2020-06-17 19:58:56   By: Anonymous
      In case some haven't noticed, corporate immunity has been the rule for a few decades now.
      The wealthy enjoy legal immunity, corporations also.
      The legal system is not equal, another American myth.
      It's time to be honest, America is a system supported by the Conservatives, who have the backing of the banks and oligarchy, which allows them to steal elections and own Congress and our legal system.
      This being the sad truth, corporate immunity is very alive, why PG&E GM Ford, and many other corporate and financial giant are immune to any prison time.
      Fines , ridiculously low fines, and written off as business deductions, all legal, negate any punitive costs for corporations who kill, maim, or cause financial ruin.

      It's the American way , people should know this, it's been this way for tens of decades.

      So PG&E will skate away, write off it's paltry fines, and we will have more fires from their long history of abject neglect of it's infrastructure , writing off their taxes as deductions. Nothing learned.

      This is why PG&E should of been bought by the State, and turned into a State utility. We would be much better off.

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      Re: /\/\ Hopefully someday...
      Posted on: 2020-06-18 06:26:43   By: Anonymous
      The beer on ice for Trumps Rally

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    Posted on: 2020-06-17 21:25:24   By: Anonymous
    For God's sake, not everything is about Trump. Find a hobby.

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      Posted on: 2020-06-17 23:28:22   By: Anonymous
      That is a hobby. I rip Trump. You blame libs and minorities. But you still have no friends.

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        Posted on: 2020-06-18 06:28:58   By: Anonymous
        ^^ Go choke your chicken!

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          Posted on: 2020-06-18 06:54:58   By: Anonymous
          I don’t have a chicken. And if I did, I wouldn’t abuse it. Why don’t you go poke your starfish?

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            Re: GIVER THEM A BONUS
            Posted on: 2020-06-18 10:13:00   By: Anonymous
            Some one should look into and see if PG&E
            management employees got there yearly bonus's.
            Which they did get.

            So reward failure, don't take care of your infrastructure, burn everyone out, and get a BONUS.
            What a deal!

            What a f ing JOKE

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