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PG&E charged with new criminal charges in 2019 California Wildfires
2019 California Wildfires
2019 California Wildfires Credit: CAL FIRE/RCOFD, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Pacific Gas & Electric is facing new criminal charges for its role in igniting the 2019 California Wildfires. Five felony and 28 misdemeanour charges have been filed by the Sonoma County district attorney Jill Ravitch, including recklessly causing a fire that seriously injured six firefighters.

PG&E has stated that they "do not believe there was any crime here" but that they "remain committed to making it right for all those impacted and working to further reduce wildfire risk on our system."

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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter in 2018 California Camp Fire
On the morning of November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California.
On the morning of November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California. Credit: NASA, Joshua Stevens / Public domain

On Tuesday, Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty to 84 separate counts of involuntary manslaughter Butte County Superior Court. PG&E was responsible for causing a deadly Camp Fire, sparked by outdated power lines, that caused the death of 85 people and the destruction of 19,000 buildings in Paradise, California. Bill Johnson, CEO and President of PG&E, also pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawfully starting a fire. The company will pay $10,000 for each life lost.