PG&E says that its first priority is safety. PG&E says its next priority is compensating the victims of the San Bruno fire.
But are those really PG&E’s priorities?
PG&E has just launched a multimedia advertising campaign designed to make itself look good. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the campaign will cost $10 million.
It might appear that, with the trial approaching, PG&E’s first priority is repairing its public image. Otherwise, why wouldn’t PG&E spend the $10 million on badly needed safety upgrades instead? Or on compensating those victims who, to this day, have received nothing from PG&E for the explosion PG&E admits it caused?
PG&E told the Chronicle that it is running the PR campaign because customers want it.
[Customers] want to hear what we are doing, about the work we are doing every day about safety and reliability . . .[they want to know about] what we are doing to make our pipelines safe and reliable."
Maybe PG&E could have just tucked a flyer in with next month’s utility bill. That might have cost a little less than $10 million.