Ohio Gas Line Blast Near Glouster Blamed On Crack, Landslides

Fire from gas line explosion at the Athens and Morgan County lines in November 2011.(Photo: WOUB PBS)
Fire from gas line explosion at the Athens and Morgan County lines in November 2011.(Photo: WOUB PBS)

Engineers say landslides and a crack in a pipeline weld caused the natural gas line explosion that destroyed three houses and a barn in rural southern Ohio last year.

People as far as 12 miles away felt the Nov. 16 explosion near Glouster, but no one was seriously hurt. Houston-based Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. said the rupture was in its interstate natural gas transmission line.

The Athens Messenger says engineers investigating the cause of the blast concluded that there was a pre-existing crack in a weld and that soil movement created extra stress on the pipeline.

A spokesman for the company that has since purchased Tennessee Gas Pipeline says it has developed a remediation plan and is working with regulators to get that finalized.

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