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Federal and state agencies are now investigating what caused the explosion in the 20-inch transmission line owned by NiSource Inc., parent company of Columbia Gas. The gas flow was shut off, but residents who lived within 1,000 feet of the fire zone were evacuated as a precaution.
SISSONVILLE (AP) - At least five homes went up in flames Tuesday afternoon and a badly burned section of Interstate 77 in West Virginia was closed after a natural gas line exploded in an hour-long inferno.
Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper says a powerful explosion has rocked an area of Kanawha County near Sissonville this afternoon. The blast shook the area around 12:40 and sent flames high into the area and across Interstate 77.
It seems that when it comes to most elected officials and area business leaders, willful ignorance is alive and well in Oneonta. We can only hope that FERC got the message that the people who are awake and paying attention DO NOT WANT THE CONSTITUTION PIPELINE.
The historical record in regards to the mistakes of the two companies involved in the Constitution Pipeline is among the worst in the oil and gas industry. A simple Google search of the words “Cabot Oil and Gas, mistakes” returns over 36 million search results; and a search for “Williams pipeline mistakes” returns over 44 million search results. These two companies have a lot to answer for. FERC has a huge role in scoping out this pipeline project in such a way that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. EVER.
And yet, before the project even is fully underway…Williams and Cabot have already blundered into the abyss of “Oops!” with Robert V. Riddell Park by using 5 year old maps of the region to map out the requested alternative Route ‘M’. Williams and Cabot cannot even map a project without making mistakes. What will come when they actually need to weld a pipe? Pour concrete? Drive trucks? Dispose of toxic fluids?
Williams stated in their May 2012 presentation to its investors it is looking to overseas markets for LNG or liquefied natural gas. And while Williams has back-peddled some of these remarks in recent public meetings around the Southern Tier of New York, where they hope to install the Constitution Pipeline, recent news from Europe reveals that Williams was right to promise exports to their investors.