Judge Tells PG&E To Boost High-Wind Safety Or Power Down

Law360 (January 10, 2019, 3:43 PM EST) -- A California federal judge has told Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to make its power lines safe or shut them off in high winds, saying until the company can show the lines are not a danger during wildfire season, its customers are better off with the lights out.

In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup wrote that in light of both PG&E’s conviction in 2016 on felony counts related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion and a report from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection determining that PG&E caused 18 wildfires in 2017, steps must be...

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