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2019-10-11 22:20:34.073829+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

A number of people have been posting this story as indication of some sort of malfeasance by PG&E. I'm not gonna defend PG&E, but this is a failure of social services, or the medical system, not PG&E. Here in relatively dense Petaluma we had an 18 hour outage because someone missed the curve at Mountain View and Fairview (the one in the middle of https://goo.gl/maps/VVxmYsqJQ43gc5kb6 with the white rocks and the reflectors) and took out the power pole. I realize California doesn't have much in the way of thunderstorms, but they occur, and when I lived in Chattanooga we lost power regularly because of such things.

Yes, 4 or 5 days without power is a thing (although when we lived in Lagunitas, within an hour of San Francisco, that wasn't that unusual.

If you're 12 minutes of power failure away from death, in freakin' Pollock Pines California, that's not the fault of the power company.

Northern California man found dead 12 minutes after PG&E power shutoff, fire district says

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#Comment Re: 12 minutes made: 2019-10-12 18:26:10.453157+00 by: Bunny

Thank you for the voice of reason. A small, portable oxygen bottle could have bought him enough time to reach his battery backup. PG&E might be guilty of many things, but it isn't their fault that this man didn't have the simplest of temporary protection. His family could have hooked him up to generated power before the announced outage. Or stayed with him. Or had him placed in a facility equipped to help him. I'm glad to hear the daughter does not intend to "pursue" any further action against PG&E.

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