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Judge orders PG&E to respond to WSJ article about safety

A federal judge in San Francisco ordered PG&E Co. to respond “paragraph by paragraph” to a Wall Street Journal article that alleges the utility knew for years that parts of its aging transmission lines could fail and spark fires, but failed to fix them.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup is overseeing PG&E’s probation in a criminal pipeline safety case and as part of that supervision has issued orders related to fire risk from PG&E’s electricity system.

Alsup directed PG&E to file “a fresh, forthright statement owning up to the true extent of the Wall Street Journal report” by July 31. The response can be up to 40 pages long. 

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