CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are ordering an immediate inspection and necessary repairs to a natural gas pipeline that was the source of a spectacular explosion Dec. 11 near Sissonville.
The order was by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. It warns that the continued use of the pipeline without corrective measures would be hazardous to life and property and an environmental threat.
The 26.2-mile natural gas transmission ruptured 10 days ago about 15 miles outside of Charleston, destroying four homes and scorching an 800-foot section of Interstate 77. There were no serious injuries.
A spokesman for Columbia Gas Transmission did not immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press.
The National Transportation Safety Board has not determined the cause of the explosion.