(Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday voted against changed terms at the moment as a trial for PG & E Corp. resulting from its felony conviction in a lethal 2010 gas pipeline blast requiring the power supplier to take aggressive action to prevent fires, including power line closure.
At the end of an often heated hearing, US court said William Alsup that he would abstain from changing the conditions because he first wanted to see a report that PG & E had to submit by February 6 to California's tool controller for his actions. and plans to deal with risks of fire errors.
Judge Alsup earlier this month suggested conditions that require the San Francisco-based PG & E to cut down trees around power lines and turn off the power in its lines under high winds that can fold trees and branches into lines and spark fires.
Last week, PG & E replied with a brief argument that it could cost up to $ 1
PG & E estimates that it would need to remove 100 million trees, a trial company said it would lead to countless legal barriers and demand conflict with government and federal authorities and private property owners.
Shutdown of power lines that are considered uncertain at high winds would not be possible because the lines cross the countryside to serve cities and suburbs, and idle lines may also affect the power grid in other states, PG & E. said
Judge Alsup suggested the terms PG & E is preparing to hand in cap. 11 bankruptcy protection after massive fires that hit Northern California in 2017 and 2018.
PG & E Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday pending debt from blazes, including November Camp Fire, who killed 86 people and destroyed the city of Paradise, California.
Munich Reinsurance Co. has called Camp Fire the world's most expensive natural disaster in 2018 and linked overall losses of $ 16.5 billion. Bankruptcy protection protects PG & E from claims, giving time to find out what steps are required to address fire prevention liabilities estimated at more than $ 30 billion.
While the judge Alsup stopped re-examining the test, he found that PG & E had violated his trial by not communicating sufficiently with his probation officer for a solution over a fire in 2015.
During the hearing, judge Alsup attended lawyers for PG & E and said he intended to continue reviewing the company because the start of California's fire season is just a few months away. He added that there will not be enough fire fighting measures, and PG & E must work to radically reduce the risk of fire from their equipment.