Sissonville Pipeline Explosion

Gas pipeline 'wake-up call'

Gas pipeline 'wake-up call'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Sissonville gas line explosion and fire that destroyed three houses and melted part of nearby Interstate 77 in December 2012 happened because the gas pipeline was corroded and hadn't been inspected since 1988, investigators for...

Some new details in NTSB preliminary report on Sissonville gas explosion

Controllers at NiSource received 16 "pressure-drop alerts" between the time a Sissonville natural gas pipeline blew up and a phone call from another company reporting the incident to them, according to a preliminary federal report issued this afternoon.

Pipeline that blew up installed in 1960s

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The NiSource natural gas pipeline that blew up in the Sissonville area last week was constructed in 1967, according to new federal records that contradict the company's earlier statements to local officials.

NiSource: 'something went terribly wrong' at pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The CEO of Columbia Gas Transmission subsidiary said Friday that "something went terribly wrong" with one of the company's natural gas pipelines and promised to find out what.
Sissonville residents afraid to return to their homes

Sissonville residents afraid to return to their homes

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Margaret Johnson placed a "For Sale" sign in front of her home Thursday.
NTSB: Ruptured pipe too thin for 921 psi

NTSB: Ruptured pipe too thin for 921 psi

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's still not clear how NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage officials were alerted to a massive explosion at a 20-inch-diameter transmission line near Sissonville, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board said...
Sissonville pipeline had to be shut off manually, NTSB says

Sissonville pipeline had to be shut off manually, NTSB says

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Workers at NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage had to manually shut off the flow of gas to the pipeline that ruptured, exploded and launched a wall of fire Tuesday over the Sissonville area, investigators from the National...
NTSB begins gas explosion investigation

NTSB begins gas explosion investigation

Officials began surveying the ruptured gas pipeline that caused a massive explosion Tuesday in Sissonville -- the first step in what they promised would be an extensive investigation into what caused the blast and how it could've been prevented.
'I'll be burned alive'

'I'll be burned alive'

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Sue Bonham had her purse over her arm and was on the way out the door of her Sissonville home Tuesday afternoon when she got a phone call from Jeff's Appliances.
Interstate 77 reopened after explosion; investigation underway

Interstate 77 reopened after explosion; investigation underway

Both north and southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at mile marker 111 and 113 were open Wednesday morning following a massive gas explosion and fire Tuesday afternoon.
'You'd think it was the end of the world'

'You'd think it was the end of the world'

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Phyllis Spaulding was watching television in her Pocatalico apartment Tuesday afternoon when she felt the blast.

Pipeline safety a long-standing concern

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nearly 15,000 miles of natural gas pipelines are spread across West Virginia, enough to stretch from Charleston to Morgantown and back 50 times.

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