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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:37 AM

PG&E power lines linked to Wine Country fires

As the first reports came in Sunday night of numerous fires that would grow into one of the most destructive wildfire disasters in California history, emergency dispatchers in Sonoma County received multiple calls of power lines falling down and electrical transformers exploding.

n all, according to a review of emergency radio traffic by the Bay Area News Group, Sonoma County dispatchers sent out fire crews to at least 10 different locations across the county over a 90-minute period starting at 9:22 pm to respond to 911 calls and other reports of sparking wires and problems with the county’s electrical system amid high winds.
State fire officials said Tuesday that they are still investigating the cause of the blazes, which as of late Tuesday had killed 17 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Sonoma, Napa and other Northern California counties.

But the reports of the power equipment failures began to turn the spotlight on PG&E, the giant San Francisco-based utility, raising questions about how well it maintained its equipment in the area and whether it adequately cut back trees from power lines to reduce fire risk — as required by state law.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/10/pge-power-lines-linked-to-wine-country-fires/

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The Latest: 23 now dead from Northern California wildfires

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Authorities have confirmed two more deaths from Northern California’s wildfires, taking the total to 23.

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The massive complex of blazes has burned 265 square miles since breaking out almost simultaneously on Sunday night.

They have destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses.

At least 180 people are injured and hundreds have been reported missing.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/11/the-latest-california-wildfire-grows-prompting-evacuations/

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So, will any corporate ‘person’ have to actually pay for this ‘corporations are people’ intentional corporate negligence?


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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:41 AM

1. I thought Trump did it....

or was that Bush??

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Response to Aldar (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:03 AM

3. About that tree cutting

At least where I used to live, people would go nuts when the power company showed up to trim the tress.

One time the cops had to get involved.

Not real popular with most folks.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:01 AM

2. Nope...that is one of the reasons why corps want to be considered as people...CYA. In a real...

"So, will any corporate ‘person’ have to actually pay for this ‘corporations are people’ intentional corporate negligence?"

...functioning country/society, the ones running the corps that made decisions that got people hurt/killed/bankrupt/etc would be serving jail time. Fines mean nothing to the wealthy.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:03 AM

4. It could be that they pulled another

San Bruno or Sierra blaze incident but it might be a follow up to the Metcalf sniper attack. The FBI said it was not terrorism, but 10 different locations in a 90 minute period starts to sound suspicious given the wind gusts only reached 50mph.

PG&E has paid dearly for many mistakes some of which were caused by excessive CA state regulations including their bankruptcy in 2001 due to CA forcing them to cover unlimited power usage at a flat rate during a drought and heat wave.

So let's blame neoliberal neomercantilism instead.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:09 AM

5. Do you even bother to read what you post?

It says "raising questions."

And yet you leap to the conclusion that that is the cause of the fires?

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