Daily Archives: December 22, 2016

Kinder Morgan CEO to be deposed in Belton leak case

By: Mike Eads, Source: Independent Mail, Originally Published: 12.21.16

GREENVILLE – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kinder Morgan CEO Ron McClain can be deposed for a lawsuit that alleges his company ruined several hundred acres near Belton with a 2014 gasoline leak from its Plantation Pipe Line.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Herlong said attorney Gary Poliakoff could question McClain as part of the lawsuit he has brought on behalf of Eric and Scott Lewis against the Houston-based pipeline operator regarding the December 2014 leak. State officials and environmental watchdog groups have said that more than 369,000 gallons of fuel spilled into the soil and groundwater on and around the Lewises’ 350-plus-acre farm northwest of Belton, near the Cheddar community.

At the preliminary hearing Wednesday in Herlong’s court in downtown Greenville, Poliakoff argued that McClain was a party to several communications with federal regulators regarding pipeline maintenance and other issues related to the Plantation line.