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Judge may order PG&E to hire more tree trimmers, removers

 

A federal judge announced in San Francisco Thursday that he is considering ordering PG&E to hire and train enough workers to trim or remove all trees that could fall on power lines and spark wildfires.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup scheduled a Feb. 19 hearing on whether he should issue such an order.

The announcement came a day after the utility submitted a report to the judge stating that it was making progress but was not fully in compliance with state laws on vegetation management and clearance or with PG&E's own wildfire mitigation plan.

Alsup is overseeing PG&E's probation in a criminal pipeline safety case that stemmed from the fatal explosion of a natural gas pipeline in San Bruno in 2010.

If the judge decides next month to order PG&E to hire more tree clearance workers, the order would be an additional probation condition.

— Bay City News Service

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3 people like this
Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 20, 2020 at 2:49 pm

What should we do? Hire more tree trimmers...or turn off the juice an windy days?


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