PG&E Tower Inspected Only From Aerial View, According to Records

As investigations into the Paradise, CA Camp Fire culpability continue to unfold, records reviewed by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit indicate that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may not have thoroughly inspected its equipment that allegedly sparked the deadly wildfire. Records reviewed by the Unit show that in the decade prior to the November 2018 Camp Fire, PG&E had only inspected a 100-year old electrical transmission tower from the air, and it was not clear the last time anyone actually scaled the tower to inspect the structure more closely. An aerial view of the tower does not provide “enough information to determine the structural integrity, the corrosion of the tower or the fittings that are holding things together,” noted State Senator Jerry Hill. Currently, the California Public Utilities Commission is investigating whether PG&E is responsible for the Camp Fire that killed 86 people and burned thousands of structures.

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