Calaveras To Draft Letter Opposing Any Legislation That Protects PG&E From Litigation Stemming From Wildfires

Calaveras To Draft Letter Opposing Any Legislation That Protects PG&E From Litigation Stemming From Wildfires 

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors have voted to have county staff draft a letter to Gov. Brown opposing any potential legislation to protect Pacific Gas & Electric from litigation stemming from wildfires. Back in February of this year, the Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize suing PG&E for its alleged role causing the Butte Fire. County administrator, Tim Lutz, announced during Tuesday’s Board meeting, that the move was made to oppose legislation protecting PG&E due to “the urgent need to indicate the county’s support and efforts of Barron & Budd, the county’s legal counsel in the PG&E lawsuit, to lobby the Governor’s office and State officials”. Lutz said county staff learned in late March that PG&E and Southern California Edison “were actively lobbying the State to get some type of legislation passed that would indemnify it from any liability as a result of wildfires that were caused by their infrastructure.” A California Public Utilities Commission investigation determined the Butte Fire broke out Sept. 9, 2015, when a pine tree came into contact with a PG&E overheard power line igniting the fire.

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