CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - NiSource and a subsidiary are being sued by several
Sissonville residents over a natural gas pipeline explosion.
The residents filed seven separate lawsuits alleging NiSource, Columbia Gas
Transmission and several employees. The lawsuits allege that the defendants
failed to “exercise due care” in maintaining the 20-inch pipeline.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the lawsuits were filed Monday in
Kanawha County Circuit Court.
The pipeline ruptured on Dec. 11, 2012, and triggered a massive fire that
cooked Interstate 77, destroyed several homes and damaged several others.
There were no injuries.
The National Transportation Safety Board has said the line showed signs of
external corrosion and had thinned to about one-third of the recommended
thickness in some spots.