PG&E disputes Wall Street Journal report it ignored 'warning signs' surrounding devastating Camp Fire

Posted: 9:38 AM, Jul 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-12 12:40:41-04

PG&E is disputing a report that it ignored warning signs before the devastating Camp Fire but admits it needs to do more to prevent another one.

The company denies a Wall Street Journal report that the utility knew for years that parts of its transmission system posed a wildfire risk but did not fix them. The Journal report says PG&E knew that 49 of the steel towers that carry the electrical line that failed needed to be replaced.

PgG&E says it needs to do more "to combat the threat of wildfires and extreme weather while hardening our systems."

According to the Associated Press , "The cause of the Camp Fire is still under investigation, but firefighters located the start of the fire near a tower on PG&E’s Caribou-Palermo transmission line. PG&E says that transmission line lost power right before the fire and was later found to be damaged."

In June, PG&E agreed to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments for blazes linked to its power lines, poles and other equipment