Federal judge asks California attorney general if PG&E committed state crime

[J.D. Morris]

California’s attorney general was asked by a federal judge Wednesday to weigh in on whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. committed a state-level crime if it maintained its equipment poorly, sparking recent destructive wildfires.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup asked the office of Attorney General Xavier Becerra to answer the extent to which any “reckless operation or maintenance of PG&E power lines would constitute a crime under California law.”

Alsup is overseeing PG&E’s probation due to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. On Nov. 27, he ordered PG&E to account for any role it played in sparking the recent Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history — and other fires that ignited after the utility was sentenced last year. The commission of further federal, state or local crimes by PG&E would violate the terms of its sentence, exposing it to additional legal action...

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