Cost Of Gas Pipeline Explosion Response In Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

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Kanawha County officials say last week's pipeline explosion cost emergency responders and the state Division of Highways at least $212,000.

The bulk of the expenses, at least $165,000, are for repairing an 800-foot section of Interstate 77 that was cooked by the explosion near Sissonville.

NiSource spokeswoman Chevalier Mayes said the company will reimburse the county and the state for the costs of the response.

The 20-inch natural gas pipeline that ruptured is owned by NiSource subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.