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Wall Street Journal: PG&E knew power line responsible for Camp Fire posed wildfire threat

A report by the Wall Street Journal claims that PG&E knew about that the power line that sparked the Camp Fire posed a wildfire threat, years before the fire broke out.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 12:03 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A report by the Wall Street Journal claims that PG&E knew about that the power line that sparked the Camp Fire posed a wildfire threat, years before the fire broke out.

However, instead of repairing the line the utility placed it on a low list of priorities and chose to fix other lines instead, according to the report. 

The journal says, PG&E company documents from 2017 show that more than 100 transmission towers on the century-old Caribou Palermo Transmission Line needed repair or replacement. 

A judge demanded that PG&E respond to the report. 

In a statement, PG&E disagreed with the journal's conclusions but says it is "taking significant actions to inspect, identify and fix safety issues." 

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