The special report lead with the deadly explosion of John Lundahl’s house in St. Paul Minnesota on November 23rd, 2018 and examined what can cause gas line explosions and what gas companies are, and are not, doing to identify and report on problems that exist.
Transparency and Information Sharing by Gas Companies is Critical for Safety
The WCCO investigative team and Pritzker and Hageman called for a better system to protect Minnesota families, emphasizing that gas companies need to be transparent and quickly report gas line leaks so that people can be aware and protect themselves.
“There are leaks all the time…People just don’t know what’s underground and have no way of knowing it’s there unless they take extraordinary amount of time and research to figure it out.” Pritzker said.
The segment mentioned Dallas, TX draft legislation that gives gas companies 72 hours to report any line leaks. That legislation was enacted after a leak lead to an explosion that killed a 12 year old girl.
“I think knowledge is power. I think if people are aware of these risks they can take action,”Eric Hageman