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By Don C. Brunell
Syndicated Columnist 

Wildfires Spark Renewed Debate over Underground Power Lines

 

March 7, 2019



November’s Camp Wildfire was California’s deadliest, killing 86 people and destroying 14,000 homes along with more than 500 businesses. The financial fallout is forcing PG&E, northern California’s electric utility, to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It is a catastrophe we all hope to avoid.

The fire’s probable cause was overhead power lines coming into contact with nearby trees which is an ongoing problem for power lines attached to poles and metal towers. While we have located the ignition point, the problem is far greater than whether high-voltage power lines should be abov...



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