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Sonoma County Prepares to Sue PG&E for Damages From Fire

SONOMA — A county in Northern California wine country is exploring plans to sue a utility over a massive wildfire last fall that caused losses of $725 million when combined with rolling power shutoffs. “PG&E, not local taxpayers, should pay for costs an...
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State Regulators Launch Investigation into Power Outages

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad a...
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Chevron Fined $2.7M for Kern County Oil Leaks

BAKERSFIELD  — California regulators have fined Chevron $2.7 million for violations at a facility in Kern County where there have been multiple oil leaks. The Department of Conservation’s Divisio...
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Mercury Insurance Agrees to Pay California a Record $41M

SACRAMENTO — Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Wednesday. He said it’s t...