Gas Pipeline Safety Under Scrutiny After Explosion

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Associated Press

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Updated Wed, Dec 12, 2012 10:37 am
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Nearly 15,000 miles of natural gas pipeline stretch across West Virginia, and as Sissonville residents now know, accidents can happen.

Federal regulators say there have been 20 significant incidents involving deaths, injuries or major property damage in West Virginia in the last decade.

The worst was in April 2006, when four men at a Canaan Valley construction site were killed in a blast later blamed on a cracked pipe.

Four homes were destroyed Tuesday and a section of Interstate 77 was cooked when a 20-inch Columbia Gas transmission line exploded and triggered a massive fire.

No one was killed. The cause is under investigation.

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