State Regulators Report PG&E’s Inspections Leading to Camp Fire Were Flawed

Last month, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) made public a report detailing Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) critical safety failures concerning the Caribou-Palermo line that led to the deadly November 2018 Camp Fire. The century-old transmission line had been inspected by aerial coverage and on foot. However, these methods were deemed ineffective in discovering the wear and tear on a C-hook that broke from tower No. 27/222 and ultimately triggered the fire. CPUC regulators noted that visible wear was apparent on the tower, yet PG&E did not complete the climbing inspections needed to confirm its safety. Regulators concluded that “a climbing inspection of the incident tower during that time could have identified the worn C-hook before it failed, and that its timely replacement could have prevented ignition of the Camp Fire.”

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