The family of an 11-year-old boy died in a house in Texas during the cold wave last week. The family is suing the electric company Entergy and the Texas grid operator Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT) for compensation More than 100 million US dollars. , According to reports.
According to the “Houston Chronicle”, an illegal death lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County District Court stated that a widespread power outage caused the boy’s hypothermia to die.
The lawsuit also claims that if ERCOT and energy companies can properly protect the energy grid from severe winter weather, or warn residents of prolonged power outages, death can be avoided. It accused Entergy Texas and ERCOT of gross negligence.
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“Even though I learned about the bad weather forecast at least a week in advance and that the system has been prepared for more than a decade, ERCOT and Entergy have not taken any preemptive measures to avoid this crisis, and are not yet ready to deal with the immediate crisis. “The lawsuit said.
The document stated that ERCOT is an independent power grid, which means that it is not subject to federal regulations or does not require freeze protection for the power grid.
The lawsuit stated: “Of course, just because it is not required by law to do so does not mean that it is a reasonable act not to do so.”
A spokesperson for Entergy, Texas, told the Houston Chronicle that the company was unable to comment due to pending litigation.
The company said: “We are deeply saddened for the loss of our community.”
ERCOT said in a statement: “This is a tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with our family.” “We have not reviewed any pending lawsuits, and once we respond, we will respond accordingly.”
Cristian Pavón Pineda immigrated to the United States with his family two years ago – was found dead in bed last week – this is the first time in his life that his family has spent some time in the snow. Said to the newspaper.
“This is his first time (see snow). That’s why he is very excited outside,” his mother Maria Elisa Pineda said on Thursday. “Everything is very Okay. He was very happy that day. He was not sick at all.”
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According to reports, on Monday morning, there was a power outage at their home in Conroe Mobile Park. The whole family was crowded together to keep warm because the temperature dropped to single digits.
The family said that the child-who was found unresponsive the next day-froze to death. Conroe police said the official cause of death is waiting for the autopsy result.
Pineda’s family lawyer told ABC News on Sunday: “This is a young man who died for no reason other than the company’s decision.”
Last week, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he ordered an investigation into ERCOT due to power outages and low temperatures across the state.
Abbott wrote in a statement: “Because our state is facing severe cold and freezing weather, too many Texans do not have electricity and heat at home. This is unacceptable.”
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ERCOT officials defended their preparations and the decision to start a mandatory blackout on Monday because the grid reached its limit. The agency previously stated that it has taken drastic action to avoid catastrophic power outages across the state.
Conroe is about 40 miles north of Houston.
The Associated Press contributed to this report