Statement by Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Mississippi Supreme Court Decision

The decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court upholding a county law to require fencing, gates and warning signs at oil and gas sites is an important one that will ultimately save the lives of young people who are tempted to socialize at these locations. The Court upheld a Forrest County ordinance that was passed following an October 31, 2009, explosion in Carnes, MS, in which two young boys aged 16 and 18 were tragically killed when a gas condensate tank suddenly exploded at an unsecured gas well site a short distance from the house of one of the boys. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigated the incident and other similar ones across oil-producing states.  In April 2010 the Bo...

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