Kanawha County officials say last week’s pipeline explosion cost emergency responders and the state Division of Highways at least $212,000.
The bulk of the expenses, at least $165,000, are for repairing an 800-foot section of Interstate 77 that was cooked by the explosion near Sissonville.
NiSource spokeswoman Chevalier Mayes tells the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/TynkBb ) that the company will reimburse the county and the state for the costs of the response.
The 20-inch natural gas pipeline that ruptured is owned by NiSource subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.