A wrongful death lawsuit arising out of a gas well explosion has been settled for $5 million. The settlement was between Chevron Appalachia LLC and the parents of a man who was killed in a 2014 explosion at a natural gas well pad. The settlement was approved by the court on May 13. The settlement brings to a close claims brought by the parents of Ian McKee, who sued the oil company after their son — who worked as a contractor for Chevron — was killed in an explosion at a well operated by the company in Greene County. The McKees’ suit accused Chevron of negligence, including inadequate maintenance, supervision, planning and operation of the well site.
But, the trial judge overruled Chevron’s contention that natural gas drilling is not an inherently dangerous activity in an order last October. The McKees are represented by John Gismondi of The Law Offices of Gismondi & Associates. The case is the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
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