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Pipeline still at risk near Marshall County explosion site

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va.  — The federal agency in charge of investigating a Marshall County pipeline explosion in June has said the pipeline is at risk of another catastrophic event if the company that owns the pipeline does not take corrective action.

In a Notice of Proposed Safety Order dated July 9, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration lists 13 points of proposed corrective actions that it said TransCanada Corp. must take to avoid a similar explosion. The PHMSA wrote, “…it appears that the continued operation of the Affected Segment, without corrective measures, poses a pipeline integrity risk to public safety, property, and the environment.”

According to the order, TransCanada and its subsidiary, Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, has identified six additional areas of concern along the 130-mile pipeline that runs from Majorsville, Pennsylvania, to Crawford, Ohio. The company said that the areas of concern were a result of large spoil piles, steep slopes and indications of slips.

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