Witness List For U.S. Senate Hearing On Gas Pipeline Explosion Released

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A Sissonville woman whose home was damaged by a pipeline explosion will testify at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee field hearing on pipeline safety.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller released the witness list for the hearing on Wednesday. The West Virginia Democrat said Sue Bonham will testify first at the Jan. 28 hearing in Charleston.

Other witnesses include National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman and NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage executive president Jimmy Staton.

A 20-inch line owned by NiSource subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission ruptured on Dec. 11, triggering a massive fire that destroyed several homes, damaged several others and scorched Interstate 77.

Rockefeller is chairman of the Commerce Committee.