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National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB releases preliminary report on West Virginia pipeline rupture

January 16

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board today released a preliminary report on the Dec. 11, 2012, rupture of a natural gas transmission line in Sissonville, W.Va. Additional reports, analysis and a finding of probable cause will come later in the investigation.

The preliminary report contains the following facts gathered so far during the NTSB's investigation:

A link to the full preliminary report can be found at: http://go.usa.gov/4grH

NTSB senior materials engineer Don Kramer identifies a section of pipe to
be cut and removed for further examination at the NTSB's lab in Ashburn, Va.

Kramer uses a plasma cutting torch to remove the section of the pipe.

Further investigative updates will be issued as events warrant. To be alerted to any updates or developments, please follow the NTSB on Twitter at twitter.com/ntsb.

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