The lawsuits are mounting up as the last residents of West Texas have now been allowed to return to what's left of their homes, and officials say many are finding nothing remaining at all following that massive explosion April 17 which caused an estimate $100 million in damage, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"Had they been complying with regulations, had the regulations been enforced, and had they not been storing as much fertilizer and ammonium nitrate over there as they were, this wouldn't have happened," Jason Gibson, a Houston attorney who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple who lost everything in the explosion told 1200 WOAI news.
A total of six lawsuits have been filed against Adair Grain Company, the company that owns the West Fertilizer Company plant which exploded, killing 14 people and leveling dozens of homes.
"At some point, the lawyers, the courts, the judges, everybody else is going to have to sit down and see that the money is distributed fairly, and in a way that compensates everybody fairly," Gibson said about why he is suing now.
So far no cause has been determined for the explosion, but 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports an effort is already underway to determine what caused the explosion.
"Nobody knew that there was an office of 'state chemist' until this happened," State Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) told 1200 WOAI news.
He says the state needs to focus oversight on one particular government agency, and not have oversight spread out over eight different agencies, many of which, like the Office of the State Chemist have such a low profile that few people have heard of them.