PG&E Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In 2018 Northern California Wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric has pleaded guilty in the deaths of 84 people who died in a northern California wildfire set off by the company's power lines in 2018.

On Tuesday, PG&E entered a guilty plea to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter, and will now have to pay more than $19 million in fines and compensation for the fire that broke out on November 8, 2018. The company has already paid out more than $25 billion in wildfire settlements since 2015...

PG&E Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson entered the plea in Butte County Superior Court on Tuesday.

“I am here today on behalf of the 23,000 men and women of PG&E, to accept responsibility for the fire here that took so many lives and changed these communities forever,” he said in a written statement.

In addition to those 84 deaths in 2018, last year's 'Camp Fire' also destroyed over 18,000 buildings, and most of the town of Paradise.

Read the full report on Reuters.

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