Company won’t be cited for W.Va. pipeline blast


MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Williams Energy won’t be cited by state environmental regulators for a natural gas pipeline explosion in Marshall County.

The April 5 explosion and fire scorched trees over a 2-acre area near Moundsville. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said the agency didn’t find any evidence of groundwater contamination at the site.

An investigation of the explosion’s cause is continuing.

Gillenwater says the rupture most likely occurred at a weld point in the 12-inch pipeline.

Williams Energy spokeswoman Helen Humphreys says her company appreciates the DEP’s evaluation.


Information from: The Intelligencer,

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