Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

December 19, 2012

Kanawha Co. tallies costs from pipeline explosion

CHARLESTON —  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.

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