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Texas Man Sues the Texas Gas Services After His Home Exploded Due to a Gas Leak

Austin resident, David Passman, is suing propane provider, Texas Gas, following a residential gas explosion that occurred on October 27, 2018. The explosion completely destroyed Passman's home and took the life of his longtime girlfriend, Nicole Burton. Just prior to the explosion, Burton turned on the home's oven to make a pizza, which caused a large amount gas that had accumulated throughout the home to ignite. A neighbor managed to drag Burton from the burning home, but she soon succumbed to her injuries. Passman woke up in a local hospital nine days later after sustaining a severe concussion and burns over his body. Since the explosion he has undergone nine surgeries and is expected to undergo more as he continues the slow journey to recovery.

Man Files Suit Against Texas Gas Service After Home Exploded

On October 27, 2018, a gas explosion occurred in David Passman's home in Austin, Texas. His longtime girlfriend, Nicole Burton, died. Mr. Passman has spent the last year in and out of the hospital; he's had nine surgeries to date and faces many more. Mr. Passman and the estate of Ms. Burton have filed suit against Texas Gas Service.

Toxic Air

On the early morning of June 21st, 2019, an explosion occurred at Philadelphia Energy Solutions, an oil refining complex in the southwest part of the city. A large fireball filled the night sky. The fire continued to burn until daybreak. A deputy fire commissioner with the Philadelphia Fire Department discovered a fire stemming from a vat of butane, a colorless gas that is highly flammable. About 120 employees from the Philadelphia Fire Department responded to the explosion and worked with firefighters from the facility to put out the flame. By 7 a.m. the shelter-in-place order had been lifted, but commuters were still advised to avoid the area.

Lawsuits Filed Following Explosion at Exxon Mobil Plant in Baytown, Texas

Late Wednesday morning, multiple explosions at Exxon Mobil's Olefins Plant in Baytown, Texas caused parts of the facility to erupt into flames.

Deaths Resulting from Natural Gas Explosions Lead to Lawsuits Against Utility Companies

In July of 2018, an explosion occurred during construction at a hospital in Gatesville, Texas. The explosion killed three construction workers and left 12 with blast or burn injuries. Investigators concluded that the explosion was caused when natural gas flowed from disconnected lines into a boiler room.

Fatal Pipeline Explosion Leads to Lawsuit and Calls for Regulation

Delaney Tercero, 3, was killed in August of 2018 when a nearby pipeline leaked natural gas into her family's house, resulting in an explosion that injured the entire family and destroyed their home. The state sent investigators to determine if the owners of the pipeline had violated any rules and to discover the cause of the leak. Investigators discovered that the pipeline's anti-corrosion coating had failed and the pipeline had been leaking for "an undetermined length of time." However, investigators found that Targa Resources Corp., the company that owns the pipeline, didn't violate any rules because there are no rules or regulations for this type of pipeline.

One Additional Obstacle to Avoid on Texas Roads

Natural gas has become a modern-day convenience that most of us can't seem to live without. Used for everything from heating, cooking, and electricity generation, this ubiquitous fuel source has woven itself into our every day lives and infrastructure. Unfortunately for many places in Texas, that weaving of natural gas pipelines happened many decades ago and we have built our homes and cities around these inherently dangerous gas meters without much afterthought of how society will flow around them.

Worker Injured in Louisiana Oil Refinery Explosion Sues Shell Oil, Others

A Pearland man is suing Shell Oil Co. over injuries he suffered in an explosion at a Louisiana refinery, according to a lawsuit filed in the Harris County 215th District Court on December 10, 2018.

Fatal Natural Gas Home Explosion Leads to Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Richard Bouder, 54, was killed in July of 2017 by a gas explosion when he suffered fatal injuries due to flying debris. Bouder, an employee of UGI Utilities, was investigating a potential gas leak at a residence in Lancaster County Pennsylvania at the time of the explosion. Bounder was the utility worker dispatched to the home after reports of gas odor. The explosion leveled the home, killed Richard Bouder, and injured two others.

Lawsuit Filed Against Utility Company for Explosions

Earlier this month, more than 80 gas fires and explosions occurred in the Boston area, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen. A family that suffered serious injuries and lost their home in those explosions has filed a lawsuit against Columbia Gas.

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