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PG&E faces new probation terms aimed at cutting wildfire risk

 PG&E faces new probation terms aimed at cutting wildfire risk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday imposed new criminal probation terms on PG&E Corp aimed at reducing the risk that the bankrupt power producer’s equipment will spark more destructive wildfires.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California at a hearing barred PG&E from reissuing dividends so funds can be used to cut wildfire risk.

The probation stems from the company's felony conviction in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline blast in San Bruno, California, near San Francisco, that killed eight people and injured 58 others.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection on Jan. 29 in anticipation of liabilities from wildfires, including a catastrophic 2018 blaze, the Camp Fire. It killed 86 people in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

At a Jan. 30 hearing, Alsup, who is overseeing the company's probation, had said he would consider imposing additional probation terms in the aftermath of Camp Fire. San Francisco-based PG&E expects its equipment will traced as a source of the blaze.

The probation process is separate from PG&E's bankruptcy.

(Reporting by Jim Christie; Editing by Nick Zieminski in New York)

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Updated Date: Apr 03, 2019 02:05:49 IST

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