MOSCOW, February 22 – RIA Novosti. The family of an 11-year-old child who died from the cold in the US state of Texas has filed a lawsuit against the state energy regulator and the local branch of the energy company Entergy Corporation for $ 100 million, according to ABC News.
The family of Christian Pavon Pineda has filed a lawsuit against the Electrical Equipment Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the local energy company Entergy. Presumably, the child died on Tuesday as a result of hypothermia after the house lost electricity and heating. The official cause of the boy's death has not yet been established.
The family of the deceased is demanding compensation from the energy regulator and Entergy for the “manslaughter”.
“Although ERCOT and Entergy knew about the predicted terrible weather for at least a week and knew that the system had not experienced such a load in more than ten years, they did not take any preventive action to prevent crisis, and also turned out to be completely unprepared for the problem that arose, “the lawsuit says.
In addition, the boy's family noted that ERCOT did not inform Texas residents about the power outage for several days. Accordingly, many simply could not prepare for a lack of electricity or leave their homes on time.
The energy company expressed its condolences, reports ABC13 TV channel. The council said it was “mentally with all Texas residents who have suffered and were hurt in the past week. However, ERCOT indicated that the blackout was initiated on February 15 after temperatures in Texas dropped below freezing due to a blizzard. approved by ERCOT, have been enacted to avoid statewide power outages.
Snowstorms and other weather events have caused massive power and water cuts in Texas, as well as food queues, rising gas prices and many other inconveniences for millions of residents of the state. Dozens of Texas residents died and more than four million people were left without electricity.
US President Joe Biden sent aid to the state in the form of basic necessities, including food, water, 60 generators and blankets. The President has also authorized declarations of states of emergency in several states, including Texas.