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Citizens' safety must be first, not an afterthought

March 12, 2014
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

It was a miracle no one was killed when a gas pipeline near Sissonville ruptured in December 2012. As it was, three homes were destroyed and a section of Interstate 77 was melted, requiring overnight repair. The potential for loss of life or serious injury was far too real. Now the National Transportation Safety Board is reporting that section of pipeline had not been inspected in an unfathomable 24 years. External corrosion on the pipe was so severe that it had been reduced to 30 percent of its 1967 thickness.



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