PG&E 被控过失杀人罪 2020 佐格火, 杀死了 4 人

刑事指控, 包括四项非故意杀人罪, 已对加利福尼亚公用事业公司 Pacific Gas and Electric 提起诉讼 (PG&Ë) over last year’s deadly 佐格火, which killed four people and destroyed hundreds of buildings, a Shasta County prosecutor announced Friday.

The 31-count complaint alleges PG&E committed 11 felonies, multiple misdemeanors and enhanced charges under California law, in connection to the Zogg Fire.
火, which was sparked by a pine tree contacting PG&E electrical lines, burned more than 56,000 acres in September 2020. In addition to claiming four lives, the Zogg Fire injured one, 被毁 204 residential and commercial structures and damaged 27 其他.
      “PG&E as a utility has both statutory and regulatory duties to mitigate fire risks by removing hazardous trees from around your electrical lines, these duties are clearly laid out in both the public resources and public utility codes,” Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said.
        “在这种情况下, they failed to perform their legal duties,” 她说. “Their failure was reckless. It’s criminally negligent, and it resulted in the death of four people.
          The utility company has faced similar lawsuits and charges in the past. 在六月 2020, PG&E pleaded guilty 至 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire in 2018, the deadliest blaze in California’s history.
          The people who died in the Zogg fire, 年龄不等 8 至 79, died while fleeing the fire, according to Bridgett.
          Bridgett added in 2018, PG&E contractors marked the tree as being hazardous but it was never removed.
          The gray pine was left in place leaning towards the electrical lines, the significant visible defect in its trunk, ’til it ultimately fell on the electrical line in a windstorm,” 她说.
          PG&E said it accepted Cal Fire’s determination that a tree touching its power line started the fire.
          We accept that conclusion. But we did not commit a crime,” PG&E CEO Patti Poppe said in a statement.
          Two arborists walked the power line andindependent of one another determined the tree in question could stay,” 声明说, adding the company had trimmed or removed more than 5,000 trees on that circuit.
          This was a tragedy, four people died,” Poppe said. “And my coworkers are working so hard to prevent fires and the catastrophic losses that come with them. They have dedicated their careers to it, criminalizing their judgment is not right. Failing to prevent this fire is not a crime.
          她补充说, “Though it may feel satisfying for the company of PG&E to be charged with a crime, what I know is the company of PG&E is people, 40,000 people who get up every day to make it safe and to end catastrophic wildfire and tragedies like this. 让我们说清楚, my coworkers are not criminals. We welcome our day in court so people can learn just that.
          Removing 300,000 trees statewide and burying power lines is part of the company’s strategy to prevent future fires, PG&E said.
          在四月份, criminal charges were also filed against PG&E over the 2019 Kincade Fire, which scorched more than 77,000 acres of vegetation in Sonoma County, destroyed more than 300 structures and caused injuries.
          而在 2019, PG&E filed for bankruptcy after facing billions of dollars in claims tied to deadly wildfires.
            Poppe, who became CEO in January, 说她 “came to PG&E to make it right and make it safe.
            PG&E provides natural gas and electric service to about 16 million residents in Northern and Central California, according to its website. Based in San Francisco, PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the nation.




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