Amid lawsuit over 2017 pipeline explosion, industry group head says production ‘as safe as ever’

Don Briggs argues that the 2017 natural gas pipeline explosion in St. Charles Parish that killed a man and the ongoing litigation over it shouldn’t be viewed as an indictment of his industry.

“I’m still not sure what happened with the accident and have no idea what might happen with the suit,” Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, told the Louisiana Record. “But I do know the industry has continued to get safer over time. Production is as safe as ever, and as time progresses we learn more of what to do to keep things (safe). Many of the accidents that may happen now are through no fault of the companies but result of human error.”

In the St. Charles Parish mishap, Josh Helms, 36, of Choctaw was killed when a fire broke out in February 2017 at the Phillips 66 Partners Paradis Pipeline Station. Two other workers were also injured…


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