Grand jury seeks documents on fatal pipeline explosion
USA, Texas, Houston
A federal grand jury has asked El Paso Energy Corporation for documents related to an underground pipeline that exploded in 2000, killing 12 people. The explosion killed 12 extended family members at a campsite on the Pecos River near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
The explosion occurred about 350 yards from the family's campsite and left a crater in the ground 86 feet long, 46 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
Norma F. Dunn is the senior vice president for public relations for the Houston-based company. She confirmed receiving a grand jury supeona last night with The Associated Press.
The subpoena seeks information on the deadliest pipeline accident in the continental United States in almost 25 years.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the request indicates that the company may be the subject of a criminal probe into what caused the explosion.