SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Consumer activist Erin Brockovich is urging California lawmakers not to let PG&E go bankrupt because it might mean less money for wildfire victims.
Brockovich spoke Tuesday in Sacramento alongside people who have sued the utility after losing their homes in 2017 and 2018 wildfires, including the Camp Fire.
Brockovich is best known for her environmental lawsuit against PG&E in the 1990s that became the subject of a movie.
"The state granted PG&E the right to monopoly," she said. "This is all the more reason that this state and our governor must have a say about how this company moves forward, how this company is managed. It's very unfortunate in the past that the state has lacked in its oversight in many of PG&E's disasters."
The utility has announced it plans to file for bankruptcy this month, saying it can't afford at least $30 billion in damages related to wildfires.
Experts say bankruptcy will likely mean wildfire victims who have sued PG&E won't be fully paid.
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