EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSISSONVILLE PIPELINE RESTART
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Columbia Gas Plans To Restart Sissonville Pipeline Wednesday
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 17, 2012 9:18 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 9:09 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Columbia Gas plans to restore service to the Sissonville area on Wednesday - just more than a week after the massive explosion that leveled homes, but miraculously left no one seriously injured or killed.
The company reports that the explosion did not cause damage to a parallel line and they will gradually bring that line back into service.
The company will also have a helicopter and people on ground patrol monitoring the pipeline -- looking for leaks.
Last weeks explosion destroyed five homes and scorched a portion of I-77. West Virginia Paving and the DOH were able to repair the roadway by Wednesday morning.
Officials from Kanawha County and Columbia Gas Transmission planned to meet Monday to discuss proposed plans to restart the pipeline that was near the one that exploded last week in Sissonville.
Some of those plans could result in traffic delays. Columbia has toyed with the idea of shutting down parts of Interstate 77 and Route 21 while it restarts the 30-inch pipeline. But the Department of Transportation doesn’t want to go along with that plan. It would prefer not to shut down those roads again. Another 26-inch pipeline there was back in service the night of the explosion.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates on this story.
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