With California’s wildfires growing deadlier and bigger than ever, the state’s largest power company admitted to the largest corporate homicide in American history. PG&E killed 84 people by when its power lines started the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise. Our investigation will take you behind the scenes of the criminal prosecution and look into how PG&E and the California state government are avoiding accountability.
Chapter one: 'Run to Failure'
ABC10 Investigation: Evidence used to convict PG&E of the 2018 Camp Fire shows the company knew old parts needed replacing, but tried to show they could last longer.
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Chapter two: 'Junk Science'
An ABC10 investigation reveals how PG&E made shutoff decisions to prevent wind-sparked wildfires without good wind data. PG&E could have afforded to do better.
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Chapter three: Season Two Special
Season two's FIRE – POWER – MONEY special combines the major findings of all four episodes examining the connection between wildfires, PG&E and its influence on state politics as California’s wildfires continue to worsen.
For a more in-depth look into the wildfire and PG&E crisis, watch all four episodes below.
Chapter four: Episode One: It Was A Crime
As California wildfires break records due to a combination of overgrown forests and climate change, the state faces another crisis: our biggest power company is a criminal enterprise with a tendency to spark wildfires. PG&E is now guilty of America’s largest corporate manslaughter. Experts say PG&E hasn’t cleaned up its act and worry it will kill again.
Chapter five: Episode Two: Criminal Thinking
PG&E owns and operates the biggest machine in California: our electric grid. To prevent the machine from sparking wildfires, PG&E implemented planned blackouts during windstorms. But are these blackouts really working? PG&E is already the subject of a new homicide investigation.
Chapter six: Episode Three: Killer Corporation
PG&E pleaded guilty as charged to the manslaughter of 84 people, but it tried to avoid being charged at all. We take you inside the criminal investigation and reveal never-before-shared details about the struggle to bring PG&E to justice. The prosecution team shares that one state agency got in their way.
Chapter seven: Episode Four: The Whistleblower
PG&E’s state government regulator decided not to punish the company with a fine for safety violations that led to deadly wildfires. The agency’s former director explains that what the state government promoted as the “largest penalty ever” was actually no penalty at all.
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As California’s wildfires continue to break records due to overgrown forests and climate change, the state faces another crisis. The biggest power company is a convicted felon with a tendency to spark new fires. PG&E is guilty of America’s largest corporate manslaughter case. Experts say PG&E has avoided accountability for its crimes and worried the power company will kill again. But how did we get here? Can anyone force PG&E to be safer?
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