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Explosions and Burns Not Uncommon at Eagle Ford

by Fidel Rodriguez, Jr.

The Eagle Ford Shale Play is a highly productive source of oil and gas that stretches 400 miles, from the Mexican border to East Texas. Eagle Ford provides thousands of jobs and millions of barrels of oil, significantly boosting the economy of many Texas towns along its path. There is a great deal of development on this project - injuries as well. Some incidents, like a 2012 explosion of a natural gas gathering pipeline near Alice, Texas, happen in isolated areas and do not cause injuries. Others leave workers with serious, even fatal wounds and burns.

Explosion incidents are frequent

Explosions are unfortunately common in areas where gas and oil are extracted and piped. In some areas leaky lines are to blame, and in other areas incidents occur where volatile, flammable gasses collect undetected. In last year's explosion in Eagle Ford Shale, which left three injured, the apparent contributing accelerant was "saltwater" (but originally thought to be a tank explosion).

Burns are a common injury

Injuries resulting from the industry's many areas of production are varied, burns being one of them. More than three years ago, Justin Perez, aged 27, was working in McMullen County, Texas. He stopped to investigate a leaking pipe and fell into a hidden wash-out, which is a water filled hole in the ground. The water was scalding hot. Suffering from second- and third-degree burns, Perez died 10 days later.

Personal injury attorneys in the San Antonio area advocate for justice for workers and bystanders injured around the Eagle Ford Shale Play. If you are a victim of an oil company's negligence, we want to help you win compensation for your injuries.

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