Pipeline Explosion Analysis Report Completed

Bethany Venable

Updated Sat, Jan 7, 2012 6:23 am

A third party analysis of the Tennessee Gas pipeline that exploded in November in Morgan County shows a crack in a girth weld may be to blame.

A spokeswoman for the El Paso Corporation parent company says the metallurgical report indicates soil movement similar to a landslide event may have caused the shallow crack. She says the report is only one tool for investigators in determining how the explosion occurred. 
The explosion destroyed a Homer Township farmhouse and cost more than $1.3 million in public and private property damage.
A root cause analysis report is due to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration by January 16.