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PG&E inspection records before vs. after Camp Fire

A new study from NBC Bay Area reveals new PG&E inspection records on the aging transmission system blamed in the Camp Fire.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 3:24 PM

CONCOW, Calif. - A new study from NBC Bay Area reveals new PG&E inspection records on the aging transmission system blamed in the Camp Fire.

NBC Bay Area reports PG&E's records to show eight towers passed climbing inspections just before the fire but failed inspections afterward. They said not because of the damage from the fire itself but decades worth of deterioration.

PG&E said it no longer uses the line and the tower blamed for having started the Camp Fire was not one the company inspected beforehand.

Problems are seen after the fire on other towers, PG&E said, could be for various reasons like, "the condition may have arisen or become more visible since the last inspection or patrol, or the enhanced inspection methods may have provided a better vantage point for detecting the condition."

"You say that there was BC, before camp, and AD, after destruction," District Attorney Mike Ramsey said. "Life changed on November 8th for the Butte County community."

Ramsey has filed a lawsuit against PG&E for negligence on behalf of Butte County.

Watch NBC Bay Area's full investigation here.

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