Natural gas pipeline explosions are happening more and more often in Texas. Plant explosion attorney Rob Ammons talks to Fox News about worker's rights, plant owner responsibilities, and his recent landmark 82.5 million dollar verdict for the wrongful death of a man killed in a 2007 Cleburne explosion at a natural gas processing plant.
Joshua Wade Petrie, 27, was attempting to start a hot oil heater on May 25, 2007, when the heater exploded. A day later the man died, leaving behind a widow, Candee Petrie, and three minor children. Mr. Petrie's father, Mark Petrie, was also a claimant.
The jury found the company that constructed, engineered, and installed a Cleburne natural gas processing plant negligent in the death of a Mineral Wells, Texas man. Hanover Compression LP, now known as Exterran Energy Solutions LP of Houston was ordered to pay $82.5 million dollars in damages to the deceased's family, together with Quicksilver Resources Inc., the owner of the plant that was found partly negligent.