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Our law firm has been hired by some workers who were injured in connection with the February 8, 2011 explosion and fire at the Enterprise Products natural gas plant in Mont Belvieu, Chambers County, Texas.  We have filed a lawsuit in Harris County, where the company has its headquarters, seeking a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) which will require the company to preserve all evidence relating to the cause of the fire.  This includes evidence of the problems that were occurring the day before the fire, and evidence of the reasons why the company was considering to shut down parts of the plant before the explosion occurred.

The full extent of personal injuries remains unknown at this time.  The media is reporting that one of the workers, Rick Shaw of Baytown, remains missing.

As is typical after a catastrophic event at a large industrial plant, the company in charge is refusing to divulge any information.  Most of the time, full information as to the cause of an industrial plant accident and the full extent of injuries cannot be exposed until litigation is filed.  As an example, our law firm represents many workers injured in the May 17, 2010 fire at the LyondellBassel chemical plant near Pasadena, Texas, and the true cause of the fire and its full consequences were not known until we obtained this information through a lawsuit.

The reason we are requesting this immediate TRO is so a Harris County Judge can enter an order requiring the company to preserve all relevant evidence.  This will prevent the company from hiding or "accidentally" losing the evidence down the road, as has occurred many times in the past in similar situations.

If we uncover evidence that the company's conduct was a cause of the explosion, we will appropriately amend our lawsuit papers and seek all available legal remedies for our clients.

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