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The history of PG&E's problems

Pacific Gas and Electric's past is just as important as it's future. Explore what the company has done, how it has grown and who is currently in control.

Chelsea Shannon

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Published: 10:46 AM PDT March 11, 2019
Updated: 8:42 AM PDT July 15, 2019

Soon after the Camp Fire began — destroying thousands of homes in Northern California and killing nearly 100 people — survivors began filing lawsuits, accusing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. of causing the massive blaze

PG&E in their full-year report for 2018 stated that it is probable that the company's equipment was the ignitor in the Camp Fire.

As those lawsuits move forward, and the Camp Fire investigation continues, PG&E faces consequences for violating their probation from the 2010 San Bruno Gas Explosion. In January 2019, the nation's largest utility filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. 

Let's take a look back at how PG&E got to this point and what it means for its customers.

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