On July 3, 2019, Juanita Edwards, then 84-years-old, went outside to get her newspaper. After she went back inside her home, it exploded. Natural gas that had been seeping out of a defective line and into the ground beneath her home had found an ignition source. According to the wrongful death lawsuit filed against New Mexico Gas Co., "Decedent's home erupted in an explosion while she was inside."
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In the last two years, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has launched investigations into seven separate chemical accidents or explosions in the Houston area. Prior to 2018, the CSB only conducted roughly one investigation per year. Investigators believe that the massive increase in accidents which require an investigation by the CSB is due to a variety of factors such as the large number of chemical companies in the Houston area, the age of the infrastructure, and companies being allowed to self-regulate. Many of these explosions and fires have directly led to the deaths of workers, bystanders, millions of dollars in property damage, and the evacuation of tens of thousands of local residents who risk being exposed to toxic chemicals. The sheer number of chemical accidents even surprises veteran attorneys who have experience representing plaintiffs in these accidents. "We see two or three in a year, or one major event - but in the past two years or so, there have been so many fires and explosions", said Benny Agosto Jr., who recently spoke with Bloomberg Environment on the frequency of these accidents.
On Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:24am, an explosion occurred in Northwest Houston at the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Plant. Residents in the area experienced a rude awakening that left many homes damaged, people injured, and two employees dead. Estimates thus far have declared over 450 homes damaged, ranging from categories described as "minor" to other property owners faced with crumbling ceilings, shattered windows, and cracked building foundations. Debris from the explosion scattered across Northwest Houston as far as a half-mile radius, causing damage to over 200 homes and businesses in the surrounding area.
In April 2013, an explosion at an ammonium nitrate storage facility rocked the small town of West, Texas, and killed over a dozen people, including first responders.
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.
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.
On June 6, 2019, a natural gas line exploded in Santa Fe, Texas. The explosion, which occurred in the middle of a densely populated residential area, sent a wall of fire several feet high into the air.
Late Wednesday morning, multiple explosions at Exxon Mobil's Olefins Plant in Baytown, Texas caused parts of the facility to erupt into flames.
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.
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.