DCP Midstream Accident Attorneys
Plant & Refinery Accident Lawyers Serving Clients Nationwide
DCP Midstream LLC is a Fortune 500 natural gas company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. It operates across nine states and is one of the largest natural gas liquids producers and marketers in the United States. DCP is also one of the largest natural gas processors in the country. Although DCP has over 90 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and claims to be focused on safety, just a few years ago, three workers were severely burned as a result of a gas buildup in one of their pipelines. Two of the workers died. Through the decades, DCP Midstream has experienced plant explosions, pipeline fires, and tragic injuries.
DCP Midstream workers may be at risk of injury from:
- Gas truck accidents
- Pipeline explosions
- Plant accidents
- Refinery fires and explosions
- Chemical leaks
- Gas leaks
The people who live near DCP Midstream pipelines, plants, and facilities may be at risk as well in the event of a leak, explosion, fire, or other disaster.
DCP Midstream Explosions, Fires & Other Accidents
Like many oil and gas companies, DCP Midstream has seen its fair share of accidents, leaks, fires, and explosions. Some cause property damage, some harm the environment, and some injure workers. The worst ones claim lives.
DCP Midstream Fined $79,000 After Fatal Pipeline Fire in Weld County, Colorado
In November 2017, three men were severely injured in an incident involving a DCP Midstream pipeline fire at a PDC Energy well site in Weld County, Colorado. The three workers, one a DCP Midstream employee and two Complete Energy contractors, had been called to the scene to clear a gas buildup in a pipeline when a fire broke out. Witnesses reported seeing a ball of flames and then a plume of smoke. All three workers suffered serious burns when the gas pipeline caught fire. Two were airlifted and one was taken by ambulance to receive emergency medical treatment.
Two of the workers died from their injuries. OSHA investigated, levying a $79,004 fine against DCP Midstream and Complete Energy for workplace safety failures.
OSHA reported the following violations in its investigation report:
- Failure to control potential ignition sources in a work area
- Failure to isolate hazardous energy sources using lockout procedures
- Failure to train workers on detecting flammable hydrocarbons in the work area
New Mexico Environment Department Fines DCP Midstream $5.3 Million
In July 2020, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) fined DCP Operating Company LP, a subsidiary of DCP Midstream, $5.3 million for repeated violations of state air pollution standards. The alleged violations date back to 2017 and relate to 8 facilities in the Permian Basin, specifically in Eddy County and Lea County. In addition to the civil penalty, NMED demanded that DCP immediately comply with state and federal regulations related to air quality and pollution.
According to NMED, DCP’s 8 facilities named in the report released over 2.1 million pounds of excess emissions.
DCP Midstream Pipeline Fire Injures 2 Workers in Sutton County, Texas
In November 2018, two workers were seriously injured when a DCP Midstream pipeline ruptured and caught fire. The workers were digging for a new pipeline when they struck an existing pipeline. The accident happened along County Road 406 in Sutton County, Texas.
Gas Explosion Rocks Piedmont, Oklahoma
In September 2020, a massive explosion left a 40-foot crater in Piedmont, Oklahoma. The explosion was the result of a 12-inch natural gas pipeline owned by DCP Midstream. The high-pressure pipeline had weakened over time, eventually resulting in the explosion, which rocked the entire community. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blast and resulting fire, but nearby property and power lines were damaged.
How a DCP Midstream Accident Attorney Can Help
Workers don’t deserve to be exposed to hazardous conditions because their employers ignore safety standards. Families shouldn’t live in fear because they live near pipelines that could explode at any moment. At Arnold & Itkin, we believe in exposing wrongdoing by large corporations that put money over all else, ignoring aging pipelines and failing to take every precaution it takes to protect communities, workers, and the environment.
If you were harmed while working for DCP Midstream or have questions related to a DCP pipeline leak, fire, or explosion, we can help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical treatment, damage to your property, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and any other losses or expenses you’re dealing with as a result of the incident. Our attorneys can conduct an independent investigation to determine its cause and who is responsible. We can handle everything while you focus on healing. If our DCP accident attorneys take your case, you pay no upfront costs and no legal fees at all unless we win.
Call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. Learn what our DCP Midstream accident lawyers can do for you!