Updated Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:51 pm
Local officials are asking regulators to go slow when it comes to restarting the natural gas pipeline that exploded in West Virginia earlier this month.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Deputy Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday outlining a number of concerns with the plan to restart the pipeline and asking for further study and testing before it is done.
Last week the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said the company could plan to restart the 26.2-mile segment of pipe after taking a number of steps including repairs and inspections.
The state Public Service Commission also gave the gas company a long list of demands that must be met before the pipe is restarted.