Oklahoma Corporation Commission Reports Several Failures Prior to Gas Explosion

Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported Wednesday that Oklahoma Natural Gas failed to investigate the cause of at least eight previous failures on a gas main in an Oklahoma City neighborhood before a gas explosion in January damaged 50 houses and injured one man.

According to the report, the technician did not properly investigate an odor complaint made approximately 12 hours before the explosion occurred on January 2, 2016.

The commission reported earlier this year that the explosion was caused by poor workmanship on the line that was installed in 1983.

Spokesman for the commission Matt Skinner said actions following the violations could include a court case or fines.

Oklahoma Natural Gas is currently reviewing previous testing and maintenance made throughout its entire system and expects to finish by the end of the year.

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