Alleged Violations Against Atmos Energy After Gainesville Explosion

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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GAINESVILLE (CBS 11 NEWS) –  Last January, Rick Trammell watched the Gainesville house he and his family owned for 20 years explode into a ball of flames.  “What I saw was a nightmare.”

There was a gas leak right out front of his house.

Trammell says he’s still haunted by that day nearly nine months later.  “I do wake up at night in cold sweats sometimes because I can’t get it out of my mind.”

Now, the Railroad Commission of Texas, sent Atmos Energy, which operated the natural gas pipeline in question, a letter outlining two alleged violations.

The first says “…It took the operator seven hours to stop the flow of gas. If more valves were adequately spaced in the system, Atmos would have been able to shut the flow of gas sooner…”

Brigham McCown headed the U.S. Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration…

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