Pipeline Victims Get $6 Million ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pipeline Victims Get $6 Million

Victims of the disastrous November 2004 Walnut Creek pipeline explosion will receive a $6 million wrongful death and personal injury settlement from the East Bay Municipal Utility District and one of its contractors. The explosion happened when Livermore company Mountain Cascade Inc., who were installing a new water main, struck a high-pressure gasoline line. The settlement will be paid out of Mountain Cascade's $26 million insurance policy. State investigators determined that Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (the Houston-based pipeline owners who are also being sued) is responsible for the largest share of blame for the disaster. 17 wrongful death, personal injury and property damage lawsuits relating to the pipeline explosion are scheduled for trial next spring (07).

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