Sen. Jay Rockefeller has announced the witness list for his Jan. 28 hearing on the Sissonville gas line explosion.
The event, announced earlier this month, will be a field hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, held to review the safety of the country’s gas pipelines.
- Sue Bonham, a Sissonville resident whose home was damaged by the explosion
- Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board
- Cynthia Quarterman, administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
- Susan Fleming, director of Physical Infrastructure Issues for the United States Government Accountability Office
- Jimmy Staton, executive vice president and group CEO of NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage
- Rick Kessler, president of the Pipeline Safety Trust’s board
The hearing begins Monday, Jan. 28 at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in downtown Charleston.
On Dec. 11, a 20-inch gas transmission pipeline owned by Columbia Gas ruptured and exploded, destroying several homes in the Sissonville area and scorching a quarter-mile of earth, including a large section of I-77. No one was seriously injured or killed by the blast, however.
(Click here to see the Daily Mail’s Storify of live social media coverage of the blast.)