Settlement Reached For Malibu Canyon Fire
Posted by Nedda Alishahi on May 24, 2013 - 11:19:42 AM
MALIBU—Edison and the California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) has reached a $37 million settlement over the
Edison power lines that fell in October 2007, causing the Malibu Canyon Fire.
Back in 2007, the Santa Ana winds
caused the utility poles in the Malibu Canyon area to fall, starting a fire
which burned six square miles, destroying nearly 12 structures as well as 36
vehicles. The power lines that were on the poles and initially caused the fire
were owned by Edison.
Southern California Edison power lines fell, causing the 2007 Malibu Canyon Fire
During the hearing
for the fire, Edison admitted to being in violation of the law since they had
not taken the necessary action to prevent the overload of its poles by third
party telecommunications equipment. In addition, it was also reportedly
discovered that there was a replacement pole which did not follow the
regulations of the state regulatory agency safety guidelines.
was reportedly the third and last settlement in regards to the Malibu Canyon
Fire. In September 2012, a $12 million settlement was reached with AT&T
Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Another settlement
involved $14.5 million with Next-G Communications Inc.