NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Launches Team to Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture in West Virginia

December 11

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a go-team to investigate a natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and subsequent fire in Sissonville, W.Va., which is about 10 miles outside of Charleston.

Ravi Chhatre is leading the team as the Investigator-in-Charge. The team will travel to West Virginia tonight and arrive on scene tomorrow.

Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson will also be in West Virginia to coordinate media related activities. He can be reached at (202) 557-1350 after arriving on scene tonight.

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NTSB Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Peter Knudson



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.