Morgan Co. Couple Reaches Settlement With Gas Company

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A rural southern Ohio couple says it has settled with Houston-based Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. over a November gas line explosion that destroyed four structures, including the couple's home.

John and Kathy Sayers, of Morgan County, told The Athens Messenger for an article Sunday that executives of the firm improved terms of the deal after viewing videotaped footage of the damage. John Sayers said details are protected under a confidentiality agreement.
Engineers say landslides and a crack in a pipeline weld caused the natural gas line explosion that destroyed three houses and a barn. The Sayerses' house was reduced to a few bricks and a partial foundation after a 36-inch diameter pipeline exploded about 50 feet away.
The company has put a remediation plan in place.