The Lanier Law Firm Announces Lawsuit In North Texas Natural Gas Explosion

HOUSTON - The Lanier Law Firm has announced a lawsuit filed on behalf of a severely injured worker and his family following a massive natural gas explosion in North Texas that killed one worker and injured many others (Corey Gautreaux v. Enterprise Products Partners, L.P., No. 2010-36243, Texas Dist., 295th Dist., Harris Co.).

Electrical technician Corey S. Gautreaux and his family are represented by The Lanier Law Firm founder Mark Lanier and Richard J. Arsenault and Wesley J. Gralapp of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault of Alexandria, Va. Gautreaux is in the first stages of recovery following the June 7 blast that left him severely burned on his neck, arms and back, in addition to blunt force injuries.

The deadly explosion occurred shortly before 3 p.m. at Georges Creek Ranch between the towns of Cleburne and Granbury. Gautreaux was part of a crew installing electric utility poles for Dewey, Okla.-based C&H Power Line Construction Co. when a natural gas pipeline owned by Houston-based Enterprise Product Partners exploded.

The lawsuit filed June 14 in the 295th District Court in Harris County names Enterprise Products as the defendant, and includes claims of negligence and gross negligence based on the company's alleged failure to properly mark its gas lines and failing to warn workers where the lines were located.

The blast killed James Robert Neese, 45, an employee of C&H Power Line, who left behind a wife and seven children. The force of the blast created a deep crater and sent a pillar of flames that could be seen from at least 30 miles away. The site of the tragedy is being inspected by investigators who are working to determine the cause of the blast. Officials from the Texas Railroad Commission have estimated that it will be at least a month or more before its investigation is completed.

Download the complaint.