The Texas Railroad Commission has found that a Houston company failed to adequately mark the path of a buried 36-inch natural gas pipeline in Johnson County that was struck and exploded in June, killing one person. Enterprise Products Operating violated several Texas regulations, which may lead to fines of $10,000 per day per violation.
The explosion, which could be seen for miles, occurred June 7 when the pipeline was struck by an auger drilling a 48-inch-diameter hole to install high-wire electrical poles. The operator of the auger truck, James Robert Neese, was killed.
The Texas Railroad Commission also found that Oklahoma-based C&H Power Line, the contractor installing the power poles for Waco-based Brazos Electric Cooperative, also violated regulations.
The Texas gas line explosion lawyers of Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers are handling a similar case where a Texas explosion caused severe injuries, burns and a wrongful death. In our case, the accident occurred due to a line-marking failure leading to a line strike. We have also recently read about the cases of Abel Garcia and Francisco Zamora, two Texas oilfield explosion victims who were burned in an explosion just two weeks ago in West Texas .
If you or someone you know have questions about a Texas gas pipeline incident or other Texas on-the-job accident, please contact SMSH today for free advice. We are proud to help the hard-working men and women of our great state.