PG&E Bankruptcy Could Block Wildfire Prevention

Pacific Gas and Electric Company's planned bankruptcy might derail its investments in wildfire prevention.  Even though wildfire liabilities are the reason behind next week's expected filing, experts tell the San Francisco Chronicle the bankruptcy judge will probably limit the money PG&E spends on the safety program the company created last year.  But a PG&E representative disputes that, saying the utility expects the process will assure access to pay for infrastructure and critical safety efforts.  Fire experts say the real problem is communities allowing homes to be built in fire-prone areas and they consider the focus on PG&E a distraction.

Protesters hold signs as they march to the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) headquarters on December 11, 2018 in San Francisco, California. More than two dozens protesters staged a demonstration inside the lobby of the PG&E headquarters to demand that the energy company be held accountable for the Camp Fire that killed 85 people and destroyed over 18,000 structures in and around Paradise, California last month. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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