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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.

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

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

Uploaded: Fri, Jan 17, 2020, 11:54 am

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

Comments

Awatkins
Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jan 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm
Awatkins, Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jan 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm

” ...enough workers to trim or remove all trees that could fall on power lines and spark wildfires.”

Missing piece of information:

BY WHEN?


pogo
Woodside: other
on Jan 17, 2020 at 3:35 pm
pogo, Woodside: other
on Jan 17, 2020 at 3:35 pm

My only advice to PG&E would be not to take Judge Alsop's cautions lightly. He's a very smart jurist and doesn't not suffer fools.


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