WV Sees 7 Pipeline Ruptures Last 30 Days, All Uninspected Lines

Somewhat troubling, at least on the surface of it, is that seven natural gas pipelines have ruptured in West Virginia over the past month because of the very wet spring. That’s according to WV’s chief pipeline inspector. All seven ruptures were along pipelines that are not regulated, and therefore not monitored by inspectors, because they are small gathering lines in rural areas. According to the Public Service Commission (PSC), there are typically only four ruptures of pipelines per year in the Mountain State. Two of the seven ruptures happened to Williams pipelines in Marshall County, a story we previously reported (see 2 Williams Pipelines Rupture in Marshall County After Heavy Rains). There’s only five inspectors for the whole state–and 14,000 miles of pipelines…

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