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PG&E Tries to Assure Strict Judge It’s Safer on Wildfires (1)

Jan. 15, 2020, 9:56 PM

PG&E Corp. told a federal judge who has kept the troubled utility under a tight leash that it’s close -- but not fully on target --- to complying with all the wildfire prevention measures required under its criminal probation.

The utility said it had fallen short of commitments it made under its own safety plan to inspect and repair lines, clear vegetation and cut tree branches near its power lines to maintain safety standards. The disclosure came in a written response Wednesday to questions raised by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing the company’s probation after PG&E ...