In November of 2018 a devastating wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, California. Today, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) admitted that they accidentally set off the fire and pled guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter. “Our equipment started that fire,” said Bill Johnson, CEO of PG&E. “PG&E will never forget the Camp fire and all that it took away from the region.” This admission comes as part of a massive plea deal, and puts the nations biggest utility on a short list of companies convicted of manslaughter. 90% of the city’s 27,000 population dispersed into neighboring areas, with only a few thousand remaining in trailers and burnt out homes.
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