WFAA aired this interview with 12-year-old Pablo Mendez, who narrowly escaped a gas explosion at his home near Zang in 2011.
Then 5 years old, Mendez was pulled out of the home by his father. His mother also was seriously injured.
The Mendez family sued Atmos Energy, which agreed to replace 70-year-old gas lines in some areas of the city. But then a gas explosion in northwest Dallas last month killed a 12-year-old girl.
Atmos later cut off the gas to about 2,800 homes in that area — it will be out for as many as three weeks — while they replace old gas lines with PVC pipe.
You wouldn’t know if you live next to a dangerous outdated gas line, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The utility has declined to identify where the outdated lines are, citing security concerns.
“It is unclear why the pipes in the northwest Dallas neighborhood hadn’t been replaced before because the company has regularly asked for rate hikes to replace pipelines,” the newspaper reports.
State Rep. Rafael Anchía, who represents parts of Oak Cliff as well as the area of the explosion and gas shutoff, talked about it on “Inside Texas Politics” Sunday.
Anchía called on state and federal regulators — the Texas Railroad Commission and the National Transportation Security Board — to hold Atmos accountable for its infrastructure.