What do two California cities, ….. Hinkley, and San Bruno have in common. The film by the name of Erin Brockovich give you a clue?
In the film, PG&E was the villan ….. Erin Brockovich was the heroine who brought the corporate giant of PG&E to their knees! Hexovalent chromium was the “conveyor” of illness, for the people of Hinkley, all for the want of wealth, …… or as scripture says, ….. for “the love of money.” The residents of Hinkley split up $333,000,000.00. Where people die, ….. can money be enough?
This time, when no one was watching, just like when the citizenry wasn’t watching in Bell, California, the executives of PG & E raised the rates on customers purchasing natural gas from them; the increase was targeted for (according to the papers submitted to the state regulators) for the purpose of repairing the gas mains.
That didn’t happen. What did happen was residents complained of gas smells, and the subsequent explosion resulted in the death and critical injuries, the loss of property and trauma of the homeowners in San Bruno.
So where’d the money go ….. the money that was to fix the main lines that carried the explosive gas to heat the homes? According to CNN report tonight, ….. the money went instead, ….. for bonuses and and salary increases for PG&E executives!
In Hinkley, for some reason, I doubt that criminal charges were ever filed against the PG&E executives …… that in spite of the fact that the movie inferred that they knew what they were doing …… that they’d told the residents of Hinkley, ‘hexovalent chromium was not only safe, but healthy’ …… but this time, ….. wouldn’t it be ironic if it’s the same people who got the raises for not doing their job?
Needless to say, the incomes of these executives ought to be returned …… We’ll see if the people of San Bruno call for and get criminal charges!
It’s about time ….. actually, it long past!