Gas Company Hopes To Restart Sissonville Line

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Columbia Gas Transmission is working to restart a pipeline near the one that exploded last week near Sissonville and destroyed four homes.

The 30-inch line is within 200 feet of the line that ruptured, sparking a fire that cooked part of Interstate 77.

In a filing with the Public Service Commission, Columbia says a second 26-inch line that is nearby was restarted the night of the explosion.

As gas began to flow back through that smaller line, workers patrolled the pipe on foot and helicopters.

Columbia has a similar plan for the 30-inch line, which it hopes to restart Wednesday.

It's about 53 feet away from the exploded pipe, and Columbia says it can restart the flow without closing and disrupting traffic on I-77.