Helping Residents and Workers Injured in Natural Gas Pipeline Explosions
In the United States, there are more than 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines. Put end to end, they would circle the Earth almost 100 times, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Given the sheer quantity of pipelines, it is no surprise that throughout the past 100 years, there have been scores of injury- and death-causing pipeline incidents. Not all pipeline accidents involve explosions, but when an explosion occurs, it is likely to seriously injure or kill pipeline workers and residents living near the pipeline infrastructure.
The personal injury attorneys of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend represent oil and gas workers and local residents and homeowners who have been injured or had property destroyed in pipeline explosions. We have been practicing this type of law for more than 60 years. For a free initial consultation, call 713-396-3602 (toll free 800-646-9006) or contact our office online.
What Causes a Pipeline to Explode?
Much of the gas pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. was built decades ago, from Alaska down to Mississippi. Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana have one the most extensive networks, yet most residents of the South do not know whether a pipeline runs under or near their homes. Pipeline explosions have killed dozens of people in the past decade, but many portions of pipelines cannot be inspected for safety because of age and impracticability.
Many pipeline explosions involve the utility company's overt failure to repair old pipelines or gas leaks, provide regular maintenance, or meet minimum safety standards.
Causes of pipeline explosions include:
- Inadequate response: In many cases, pipelines are not replaced in a timely manner, despite calls from residents about suspected gas leaks. Several major pipeline explosions in the past 50 years were due to gas companies not responding to suspected gas leak calls.
- Inadequate maintenance: Gas pipelines, including joints, valves and service lines, must be regularly maintained to help alleviate corrosion and fatigue as they age.
- Inadequate training: Part of meeting minimum pipeline safety standards is the training of pipeline workers to ensure proper installation and maintenance, as well as educating local residents about natural gas.
Seek Compensation for Personal Injury and Property Damage
There are many causes of pipeline explosions. But regardless of the cause, when you or a loved one is injured in or near your home or workplace, it is important that you are compensated for the damage suffered. Call 713-396-3602 (toll free 800-646-9006) or e-mail our Houston office for a free consultation with an experienced oil and gas injury lawyer.