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PG&E to plead guilty to manslaughter

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PG&E to plead guilty to manslaughter

PG&E to plead guilty to manslaughter

Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to plead guilty to 84 involuntary manslaughter counts in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California's history.

Jillian Kitchener reports.

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PG&E to plead guilty to manslaughter

California's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, will plead guilty to 84 involuntary manslaughter counts in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in the stateโ€™s history.

The company also pledged billions of dollars to improve safety and help wildfire victims, under an agreement with Governor Gavin Newsom.

That agreement ended a major roadblock to PG&E's planned emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

PG&Eโ€™s guilty plea would end all state criminal proceedings against it - after a state regulator last year concluded the company did not properly inspect and replace transmission lines before a faulty wire sparked the Camp Fire.

That blaze killed more than 80 people and destroyed much of the town of Paradise.

Chief Executive Bill Johnson said in a statement: "We cannot replace all that the fire destroyed, but our hope is that this plea agreement, along with our rebuilding efforts, will help the community move forward from this tragic incident.โ€ PG&E also agreed to put itself up for sale if it cannot emerge from Chapter 11 by a state-imposed June 30 deadline... before the next wildfire season begins.



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