Army Corps Of Engineers Taking Soil Samples At Site Of Natural Gas Explosion

Alan Scaia
March 12, 2019 - 10:43 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started taking soil samples from the site of a natural gas explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl in Northwest Dallas last year.

Linda Rogers was killed in the explosion at her house on Espanola Drive February 23, 2018.

More than 300 homes were evacuated after the blast.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report after the explosion, saying people in the neighborhood north of Love Field started reporting the smell of gas January 1, 2018. Atmos says it replaced a service line after a leak was detected but says "unique soil conditions" may have caused leaks to go undetected in the area.

The NTSB enlisted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take soil samples from the neighborhood. The Corps is in the neighborhood Tuesday and will turn the samples over to the NTSB for testing.

“The NTSB is obtaining these soil samples to aid our assessment of the potential impact the local soil conditions may have had with gas leaks that were observed in the area prior to the Feb. 23, 2018, explosion,” Robert Hall, Director of the NTSB’s Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials, said in a statement.​

Hall says the soil samples are the last "major task" to be conducted as part of the investigation. The NTSB says it has finished metallurgical testing and a review of Atmos' response.

The final report should be issued later this year.

Online: NTSB Report