Gas explosions are often unanticipated disasters which can cause widespread destruction to a community; laying waste to entire towns, causing massive injuries and deaths, and destroying homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals.
Unfortunately, such devastation gas explosions are more common that most of us would like to admit. According to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), there have been 10,450 pipeline incidents resulting in 1,489 injuries, 377 fatalities, and more than $6 billion worth of property damage between 1993 and 2012. Citizens residing in close proximity to oil and gas field pipelines live in constant danger should the unthinkable happen.
The most recent gas pipeline explosion to occur in the North Texas area occurred in November 2013, when a Chevron pipeline carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LGP) exploded near Milford, TX causing the whole town to be evacuated. The resulting fire could be seen for miles. Miraculously, however, no-one was injured. That particular incident was caused by a drilling crew accidentally puncturing the line, however, any number of issues could result in a similar explosion occurring:
- Eroded, rusty or otherwise damaged pipelines or other equipment
- Defective or broken flanges, valves, connectors or other pipeline components
- Over-pressurization of gas lines
- Undetected slow and silent gas leaks
- Rupturing of pipelines caused by fracking-triggered earthquakes
- Failure to adhere to health and safety codes and regulations
- Inadequate policies concerning gas pipelines and distribution
Of course, these are just a few examples of potential causes. Any number of issues could trigger an explosion. Indeed, major explosions are in no way limited to pipeline explosions. The April 2013 explosion in West, TX was caused by an ammonium nitrate explosion at a fertilizer storage and distribution facility. Fifteen people were killed in that explosion, with another 160 injured.
If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury or if you have lost a loved one as the result of a gas pipeline explosion, it is important that you consult with a board certified personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling gas explosion cases in Texas.
For a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced lawyer who works on a no win, no fee basis, contact the Anderson Law Firm in Dallas-Fort Worth by calling toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at either 817-294-1900 or 214-327-8000.
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