Plano, TX Gas Explosion Attorney
Gas explosions are common and happen every day. The most common forms of explosive gases include natural gas, methane, butane and propane due to their extensive use as heating sources. Commercial gas explosions often result from worker carelessness or negligence; defective gas line products; lack of safety procedures; or inadequate employee training while industrial gas explosions usually result from well head blowouts, hydraulic fracturing and tanker explosions. With the increase in the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the gas and oil industry there has also been an increase in number of gas explosions.
What is Hydraulic Fracturing?
Hydraulic fracturing is a method that is used to increase gas and oil flow from petroleum-bearing shale rock formations below a gas well. The process involves injecting water, chemicals and fine sands into the ground at extremely high pressure to fracture the shale. By forcing the slurry mix into the shale rock, pathways are then formed for the gas and oil to bubble up and reach the well for capture and extraction.
The danger occurs when there is a leaking of gas whether through well head blowouts, improperly stored recaptured fracked water, or the transport of the light crude gas via the U.S. rail system. In fact, with the increasing transport of gas via rail, rail-related explosions are happening all over the United States. Initially, it was thought that the increased flammability of light crude (which is far more flammable than heavy crude) was the cause of the increase in explosions. Additional studies reveal the possibility that chemicals used in the fracking process are highly flammable and can combust at low temperatures. Add in the corrosive nature of the trace chemicals remaining in the gas, once loaded into railway tankers, and you have an increased likelihood of explosions.
Injured in a Gas Explosion in Plano?
It is not just leaking tankers: gas rig explosions, commercial lines left to corrode, and leak and faulty equipment all lead to gas explosions. These explosions are often attributed to engineering problems, blowout preventers that fail, lack of training, or the use of unsafe equipment. Gas explosions not only maim and kill people, the ecological damage as a result of leaking gas or clean-up chemicals are often immeasurable.
And all of this comes at a cost: one of those costs is human life. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a gas explosion, whether from a leaking gas line, a malfunctioning home appliance or a well head blowout, your life will likely be forever changed. When not fatal, injuries are often catastrophic and life altering. And medical care can be costly. Catastrophic injuries often include the following:
- Severe burns
- Fractures or broken bones
- Lost limbs
- Loss of eyesight
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If you or a loved one have been injured in a gas explosion, let the attorneys at Zinda Law Group get you the compensation that you deserve; we have the expertise to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. And when the gas and oil companies or their insurers refuse to negotiate in good faith, we have the experts, knowledge and experience to take them to court and win your case. Call us at (800) 863-5312 to speak with one of our attorneys today. The call and the consultation are free, so call today.