Texas gas explosion that killed child blamed on steel domestic supply pipes deformed by clay soils
02 March 2018
Atmos Energy announced on March 1 that it would shut down the natural gas system in an area of Dallas where a house explosion killed a 12-year-old girl, and where several fires and gas leaks have occurred. The company blamed leaks on the deformation of old steel pipes as clay soils surrounding them took up water in heavy rain or dried out in drought conditions.
Officials said 2,800 residents in the area would not be evacuated, but would be without natural gas for approximately three weeks.
Atmos Mid-Tex Division President John Paris said geologists had advised the closure, and that staff would be working 24/7 until the steel pipes had been replaced by flexible plastic ones.