California's Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could face criminal charges for causing deadly fires: State Attorney General says

6 month ago

Northern California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could face criminal charged if found negligent for the Camp Fire that destroyed the state, according to California's attorney general.

Xavier Becerra outlined several possibilities under which the company could face murder or manslaughter charges in connection with the wildfires that ravaged the state since 2017.

"If the company is found to have started a wildfire with reckless operation or maintenance of its power lines, any criminal liability would depend on the degree of its recklessness," Becerra's office stated.

PG&E replied to the brief claiming that its focus now is on assessing the infrastructure. "Throughout our service area we are committed to doing everything we can to help further reduce the risk of wildfire."