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Remember that Gas Explosion in Wylie, TX? Texas RailRoad Commission Whitewashes ATMOS Responsiblity

6 April 2007 at 9:17:02 AM

Here's background from last November, at the time that Atmos was padding their expense reports while trying to justify a rate increase. A Wylie couple died when their home exploded-this was AFTER they had repeatedly called Atmos to check out the gas leak. Remember that this was polyethelene pipe and the residents had tried repeatedly to get Atmos out to look at it- they had responded slowly or not at all.

Anyway, how coincidental is this? Only a day or two AFTER the RRC decides to kiss up to Atmos and give them a rate increase, the RRC clears Atmos in the gas leak that killed the Wylie couple.

The children of the couple have a lawsuit against Atmos.

After the explosion, Atmos worked for a week to get the escaped gas out of the soil. During that time, officials discovered that two risers, or vertical pipings, had separated from the service line at 310 and 318 S. Third St., according to the report.

At a third house – 308 S. Third St. – a service line cap was leaking. Additional leaks were discovered, even after 21 of the bent risers were replaced, investigators said in the report.

Just after the explosion, some of the Cryers' neighbors said they had repeatedly called Atmos over the last couple of years complaining about a natural-gas smell. Atmos employees responded slowly, if at all, residents said.

A search of the Atmos call center revealed that there had been no complaints about leaks reported on the even-numbered side of the Cryers' street two years before the morning of the explosion, according to the report.

What the heck does that mean? Not on the street, but the *even-numbered* side of the street?

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