The horrific California wildfires that left at least 88 people dead were allegedly caused by the utility company based in the center of the region, according to a scathing new class-action lawsuit, which claims that PG&E could have prevented “catastrophic damage and loss of life” – instead of putting profit over public safety.
“Even though PG&E knew that its infrastructure was aging, unsafe, and vulnerable to weather and environmental conditions, it failed to fulfill these duties, and failed to take preventative measures in the face of known high-risk weather conditions, such as de-energizing its electrical equipment,” the complaint, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, said.
The 50-page lawsuit, which accuses PG&E of not properly maintaining its infrastructure and failing to abide by vegetation regulations, was filed by attorneys representing several California residents who lost “everything” in the fire, according to USA Today.
When PG&E was named in another lawsuit in November -- which likewise alleged the electric and gas company was to blame for the fires -- it disclosed in an SEC filing that it may not have enough insurance to cover liabilities tied to the fires, as previously reported.
“Unfortunately, time and time again, Defendants have abdicated their duties and exposed the public to unacceptable risk,” the complaint said.