An Update from Our Firm about COVID-19

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner remains fully operational and committed to serving our clients and colleagues throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As we follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, we remain available for phone consultations and scheduled in-person meetings with both current and prospective clients and colleagues. Please contact our office by email or by calling 713-222-7211 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Costs to Our Communities of Careless Oil-and-Gas Transport

Photo of Eric Gerard

The number of injuries and environmental disasters along America's roads, pipelines, and railways involving the movement of oil and gas has proliferated in recent years along with domestic production. An enormous explosion in West Virginia on Monday reminds us of the potential hazards of such activity to the communities located along such transport routes.

On the afternoon of February 16, 2015, in southern West Virginia, fourteen tanker cars of a CSX train filled with oil derailed and exploded in a massive fireball hundreds of feet high, scorching the snowy hills, spewing plumes of dark smoke into the air, and dumping black crude into a town's water supply by the gallon. Hundreds of local residents were forced to evacuate, and a home was obliterated by the blast. The town's drinking water is contaminated, and at least one person was sent to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. "It was like an atomic bomb went off," reportedly said one resident. See Nick Kirkpatrick and Justin Moyer, "The sky filled with fire after oil train derailed in W.Va.," The Washington Post (Feb. 17, 2015), available here.

Federal agencies tasked with tallying such incidents have noted a striking increase in their frequency as the boom in North American energy production began. Such accidents are "becoming distressingly common," having jumped to a peak last year of six times the average during the period of 1975 to 2012. In 2013, the number of gallons spilled in railway mishaps was 1.4 million - more than the combined total for all previous years since 1975, the year such records began. See Joby Warrick, "Trains are carrying - and spilling - a record amount of oil," The Washington Post (Feb. 17, 2015), available here.

At Abraham Watkins, we have been representing injured workers, families, and property owners for over six decades against big companies who fail to protect the communities in which they operate. If you or someone you know has suffered injury or damage to your property as a result of someone else's carelessness, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 1-800-594-4884.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

Our Record Of Success

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

Read More Success Stories

Let Us Help You Request a Free Consultation Today

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Back to top