PG&E failed to inspect power lines: probe

PG&E under fire again. The bankrupt utility failed to properly inspect and replace power lines before a faulty wire sparked the deadliest fire in the state's history. That's the conclusion of a probe by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Regulators said the company's inspection shortcomings were part of - in its words - a "pattern of inadequate" execution of those tasks.

State investigators had earlier concluded that PG&E's Caribou-Palermo transmission line had caused the Camp Fire last year. That blaze virtually incinerated the northern California town of Paradise and killed more than 80 people.

Responding to the state probe, the utility apologized and acknowledged the role of its equipment in the fire.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy last year, citing more than $30 billion in potential liabilities from wildfires linked to its gear.