Dupont’s La Porte Explosion Disaster – Crystal Rae Wise’s Story

 In 2014, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, (CSB) investigated the November 15, 2014, deadly Dupont La Porte, Texas plant explosion that killed four workers, and it uncovered flawed safety procedures, design problems and inadequate planning.  

 According to federal investigators, more than 24,000 pounds of deadly methyl mercaptan, even in small doses, can attack the nervous system and trigger death by respiratory paralysis, unexpectedly spewed into the third floor of the plant’s pesticide unit when veteran operator Crystal Rae Wise opened a faulty valve on her early morning shift. Wise and the three men who rushed in to help her and other workers died from the toxic fumes. 

Federal Investigators asked two fundamental questions in the wake of the Dupont La Porte tragedy:   

What could have been done to prevent it?     

And ….

And Was DuPont to blame for what happened? 

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board also found that across-the-board failures by DuPont created a hazardous environment at the La Porte plant that endangered not only the company’s workers but also the public.  According to CSB investigators, top-down failures at the company led to the toxic gas leak that killed four workers, including Crystal Rae Wise.   

In this Insider Exclusive, “Justice in America” Network TV Special, our news team visits with Brent Coon & Eric Newell @ the Coon Law firm in Houston, Texas, who successfully represented Jasmine Rae Wise, Crystal Wise’s Daughter, in the preventable deadly disaster, As well as Mike Sawyer, A Professional Engineer and Certified Safety Professional, @ Apex Safety Consultants. 

 Brent Coon and Eric Newell are no strangers to complex cases. They have earned a reputation as unyielding trial lawyers who repeatedly represent individuals and families. And repeatedly win. 

They have earned the highest respect from citizens and lawyers alike…. as some of the best Trial lawyers in Texas and nationally.  They’ve built substantial reputation by consistently winning cases other law firms have turned down.   


 Today, the Brent Coon & Associates law firm has grown to national and international prominence. With offices from Ohio to California, and a network of over 100 associated firms around the country and abroad, the firm has the capacity to take on any type of litigation almost anywhere in the world. 


Brent is well known as an expert in the petrochemical industry, and has been a regular guest in the legal arena as a speaker and as a guest commentator and advocate with multiple media sources, including 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, BBC,  

Brent’s and Eric’s amazing courtroom skills and headline grabbing success rate continue to provide their clients with the results they need……And the results they deserve.


You can get additional information at Brent Coon & Associates and                                       409 242 5527 & 281 324 0399