“Deflect, Delay, Defer”: Decade of Pacific Gas & Electric Wildfire Safety Pushback Preceded Disasters

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August 20, 2020 - 3:53am

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The fires ravaging through California began as an electrical output started from PG&E, who stated they would take all necessary action to improve their equipment in other to avoid future outbreaks. However, their statement does not account for the past fires caused by faulty wiring and equipment, nor does it reveal how the company plans to address and mitigate the environmental disaster they have caused. PG&E is also cited as an uncooperative company and as failing to adopt safety measures. Electrical equipment starts ≤10% of wildfires in California but 40% of those fires are infernos, according to a chemist. Pushback from companies and alleged claims of prevention plan unfeasibility have led to public and PUCs waste of time, effort, and money. It took ten long years before PG&E finally released a fire prevention plan in 2019.

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Worth, K., Pinchin, K., Sullivan, L. (2020, August 18). “Deflect, Delay, Defer”: Decade of Pacific Gas & Electric Wildfire Safety Pushback Preceded Disasters." Frontline. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/pge-california-wildfire-safet...

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Katie Worth, Karen Pinchin and Lucie Sullivan, "“Deflect, Delay, Defer”: Decade of Pacific Gas & Electric Wildfire Safety Pushback Preceded Disasters", contributed by Briana Leone, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 20 August 2020, accessed 17 August 2022. https://energyrights.info/content/“deflect-delay-defer”-decade-pacific-gas-electric-wildfire-safety-pushback-preceded