Statement on Columbia Gas Explosion in Washington, PA

photo credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

photo credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Center for Coalfield Justice staff, like many in the Washington area, were shocked and scared by the Columbia Gas Pipeline explosion, which destroyed one house and impacted several others, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. We are waiting with our community to hear news about the five people injured in that explosion and sending our thoughts and best wishes to the impacted families. We also want to recognize and thank the first responders who rushed to the scene. Columbia Gas has taken full responsibility for the incident, and we hope that they act promptly to repair the damages caused to our community. 

Pipelines are complicated infrastructure, deserving of, at the very least, increased transparency about their location, function, and potential risks. Our communities are deserving of improved emergency response plans that prioritize the swift communication of incidents to the surrounding community. 

For more information on the incident, take a look at media coverage linked below:

Observer-Reporter: https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/five-injured-in-north-franklin-township-house-explosion/article_2a722694-b3cd-11e9-a137-1f81bc7773a1.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR1Z1d7axJjXHpWHw5dAJeO_XfzzyszPAwAdxrHgZOYdAUUQDmRYR_MfN2o

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2019/08/01/Columbia-Gas-apologizes-Washington-County-Park-Lane-house-explosion-North-Franklin/stories/201908010127

WTAE: https://www.wtae.com/article/columbia-gas-washington-county-house-explosion-pressure-regulator/28580073

WPXI: https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/columbia-gas-takes-responsibility-for-explosion-that-destroyed-home-injured-5/971632094