Over 100 civil lawsuits filed against Air Liquide for chemical fire
POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 7:41pm
PORT ALLEN, LA (NBC33) — Over 100 people have filed a civil lawsuit against Air Liquide after the explosion and chemical fire a little over a week ago.
The blast shut down Hwy 190 for days and forced the evacuation of hundreds from their homes. Now, some of those residents are suing, claiming physical injury and mental anguish. They say Air Liquide was negligent in handling volatile chemicals and emergency preparation plans.
NBC33 asked Air Liquide about the civil lawsuits. They responded with this statement:
"Air Liquide America Specialty Gases LLC (ALASG) wants to reiterate its appreciation to local and state responders for their actions during last week’s fire at our plant. We are grateful for their support and professionalism which helped ensure a safe resolution to the incident and minimize impact for the surrounding community.
Most importantly, we recognize and regret the inconvenience this incident has caused for our plant neighbors and remain committed to safety as the first priority in our operations.
To respond to immediate needs within the community during the incident, we quickly acquired suitable housing for displaced residents and then established a hotline for those impacted to call with questions or needs. We continue to diligently address all needs or concerns brought to our attention; however as company policy, we will not comment on any matters that may be in litigation.
Those who have ongoing questions or may need assistance as a result of the incident are encouraged to call 800-292-1155.
A full investigation of the fire has commenced, and we continue to work closely with authorities. Looking forward, Air Liquide will learn from this incident as we continue to make safety a top priority and re-dedicate ourselves to regaining the trust of our neighbors in Port Allen."