Pipeline Explosion Lawsuits in Texas
Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Now Accepting Gas Pipeline Explosion Cases
As the nation continues to enrich its oil and gas efforts through hydraulic
fracturing (or fracking) and the drilling of new wells, the safety and
upkeep of natural gas pipelines has become an important topic, especially
for high-output states like Texas. Pipelines now transport roughly two-thirds
of the nation’s energy supply through approximately 2.5 million
miles of pipeline throughout the United States. Because so much gas is
being collected every day from wells, large pipes running at very high
pressures are needed to contain and move this valuable resource.
However, just how much to regulate these gathering pipelines has been a
major source of political contention that lawmakers are still debating.
Currently, the vast majority of gathering lines placed in rural areas are
entirely unregulated – out of 200,000 estimated miles of gathering pipelines, only about
20,000 miles are regulated. Furthermore, operators of unregulated pipelines
are not required by federal law to report any information on any risk
factors. This lack of oversight presents a huge risk to residents working
or living near pipelines.
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While pipeline bursts are rare in gathering lines, the stakes are incredibly
high when they do. Within recent years, pipelines have exploded in Texas
and Oklahoma, killing pipeline workers and injuring people in their own
homes. One of the most devastating examples in recent years occurred in
2010, when a massive explosion in San Bruno, California resulted in the
deaths of eight people and damage to over 100 homes.
While pipelines are typically placed through fields and hills, eventually
they do run by people’s homes. Firms may pledge to build these pipelines
by the very best standards, but residents have no way of knowing whether
these standards are followed. Even as pipeline rules have become stricter,
companies typically only focus their efforts on what have been termed
“high-consequence areas,” meaning those areas where the death
toll would be massive if a gas pipeline were to explode. Essentially,
this means that the safety of people living in rural areas is given less
Causes of Gas Pipeline Explosions
Gas pipeline explosions can result from a number of factors, including:
- Aging infrastructure (metal fatigue, corrosion)
- Poor maintenance of pipes, joints, and valves
- Improper repair welds
- Mechanical damages
- Damage caused by chemicals
Fighting for Your Rights After a Pipeline Accident
If you or someone you know has suffered damages in connection with a gas
pipeline explosion on your property, please call the Law Office of Daniel
D. Horowitz, III, PC as soon as possible. Our firm is prepared to do everything
possible to help maximize your compensation for things like property damage,
medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Don’t allow the gas company to treat your case as collateral damage!
Allow our firm to fight for the money you deserve.
Request a free consultation with our firm by calling (832) 225-4902.