California utility says its equipment may be linked to fire

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric equipment may have been involved in the start of the big Dixie Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada, the nation’s largest utility reported to California regulators.

      PG&E said in a report Sunday to the California Public Utilities Commission that a repair man responding to a circuit outage on July 13 spotted blown fuses in a conductor atop a pole, a tree leaning into the conductor and fire at the base of the tree.

      The Dixie Fire has grown to nearly 47 square miles (122 square kilometers), largely in remote wilderness. The utility said investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have collected equipment from the location.

      PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires, including a 2018 fire that ravaged the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

      Full story here @nvwino , your favorite utility company is in the news again. 

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      NV Wino
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      Notice they don’t admit fault. They’re blaming it on the tree, which of course gives them reason to cut down more trees.

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      Hobbit709
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      Cut back on right of way maintenance and you’re surprised when something happens.

      And then the Executives gave themselves a bonus for cutting costs.

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      Satan
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      If corporations were truly treated like people, PG&E would be serving 666 consecutive life sentences for being a serial killer.

      I can remember when ENRON was the worst example of what could happen when a utility was privatized. PG&E makes them look like amateurs. If Ken Lay were actually dead, he would be laughing his ass off in Hell right now.

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      jbnw
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      Electricity is hot. To prevent fires, all the power lines would have to be underground.

      • #435948
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Bury all of the power lines where practicable. That would create a LOT of jobs.

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        Satan
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        …so while the idea of burying utility cables is generally a good idea, they might have to be careful about that in the general vicinity of the fault lines. Fires caused by earthquakes wouldn’t be all that much better than fires caused by shitty wires next to trees.

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