A Wyoming construction company that seems to be defunct is one of four defendants in a $75 million lawsuit brought by Silver Eagle Refining in Woods Cross, Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday.
The company, Moose's Construction Inc. out of Lyman, allegedly failed in its installation of a 10-inch pipe that exploded in 2009 while filled with pressurized hydrogen and sent a fireball hurtling into a nearby neighborhood. The explosion, the Tribune stated, blew one house off its foundation, seriously damaged 10 homes and otherwise affected nearly 300 homes. The lawsuit also alleged that the company failed to inspect is work or use proper materials.
A phone call to Moose's Construction was met with a message stating the number had been changed or disconnected. There is no current listing for the company with the Wyoming Secretary of State's office.
The other companies brought into the lawsuit are Chicago-based Professional Service Industries Inc., Pennsylvania-based Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. and Philadelphia-based Sun Oil Co. Silver Eagle alleged that Sun Shipbuilding, also out of business now, improperly designed and manufactured the pipe. It also alleged that Professional Service Industries failed to inspect the pipe and Sun Oil lied about the condition of a dewaxing unit to which the pipe connected.
The refinery suffered damage of more than $3.3 million from the explosion, though the lawsuit did not specify how costly the damage to the neighborhood was.
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