Minneapolis to CenterPoint on gas explosion: You blew it


The air still hasn't cleared between the city of Minneapolis and CenterPoint Energy over a gas explosion in south Minneapolis two years ago.

The Star Tribune reports that the dispute over who was at fault for a gas explosion near a Cub Foods at 60th Street and Nicollet Avenue South in 2011 is heading to court.

Last month, the city filed suit against the Texas-based company, claiming: “CenterPoint failed to use reasonable and ordinary care in designing, constructing, maintaining and repairing the gas pipe running under 60th Street in Minneapolis. The failures included, but are not limited to, the installation and use of improper couplings and the improper welding of connections in the gas pipeline," according to the newspaper.

Last week, CenterPoint filed a countersuit, blaming the city for failing to maintain water and sewer lines that ran under the pipe that exploded.

In October, the state Office of Pipeline Safety issued a report saying that explosion, which shot a fireball into the sky but injured no one, was largely due to a design flaw in the pipe, CBS News Minnesota reported. But CenterPoint has argued that the explosion was caused by a "soil washout," according to the Star Tribune.

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