- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - The attorney general’s office says a western Pennsylvania fuel company violated state environmental protection laws that led to a storage tank explosion that killed a welder last year.

The (Sharon) Herald (https://bit.ly/1BAEzdj ) reports Reed Oil Co. of New Castle has been charged with two counts of violating those regulations at the plant of one of its subsidiaries, Brownies Oil Co. in Pymatuning Township.

Thirty-seven-year-old Brian Krauss, of New Castle, was killed when the tank exploded while he was reattaching a catwalk to the top of a storage tank on Aug. 19, 2013.

The attorney general contends Reed Oil violated the law because Krauss allegedly didn’t have the proper certification to work on the tanks and because the tank that exploded and three others hadn’t been properly inspected for more than 10 years.

Reed Oil declined comment Thursday.

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