A family whose members suffered burns when a natural gas pipeline exploded in the Texas Panhandle filed a negligence lawsuit Nov. 12 against the companies that own and operate it.
The Torres family filed the suit in
Company spokesman declined to comment.
Kevin Glasheen, the
“There are issues there with maintenance and pipelines don’t blow up if they’re maintained,” he said.
The 24-inch pipeline exploded near Bushland, 15 miles west of
Federal pipeline investigators continued to look into the cause of the explosion.
According to a statement from Glasheen’s firm, the Torres home was about 100 yards from where the pipeline exploded. Three members of the family were injured.
The family’s mother and father, Alfredo and Agnieszka Torres, have been released from an
Franczeska Torres, 15, remained in a
In 2007, El Paso Natural Gas agreed to a $15.5 million fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and pipeline safety regulators involving an explosion near
The corporation also committed to spending $86 million to modify the 10,000-mile pipeline system.
A civil trial involving emotional distress claims by first responders to the
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