Report On Sissonville Pipeline Explosion Says It Was Preventable

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Monday that the natural gas pipeline that ruptured in 2012 near Sissonville could have been prevented. The NTSB said the rupture was caused by external corrosion that could have been discovered by the pipeline operator, and added that it took ten minutes for the operator to realize it was a rupture, despite alerts that the pressure in the pipeline was starting to deteriorate. Three homes were destroyed and part of Interstate 77 was burned after the pipeline ruptured. More than an hour passed before the pipeline was shut down. . The NTSB issued three safety recommendations to the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation and one to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration as a result of the report.