CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Emergency responders and road crews spent at least $212,000 and 280 work hours dealing with the fiery, hour-long pipeline explosion last week near Sissonville, according to Kanawha County officials.
Most of the expenses went to repair the 800-foot section of Interstate 77 scorched in the blast. State road crews have been widely praised for their overnight repair of the busy interstate.
That repair cost the state Division of Highways at least $165,000, according to a cost sheet prepared by Kanawha County officials.
NiSource subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission owned the 20-inch diameter transmission pipe that ruptured on Dec. 11.
The company plans to pay the county and state for the costs of the response.
"We're certainly going to do the right thing in this situation, and we don't want to see the county suffer in any way or lack any resources that they need due to this incident," NiSource spokeswoman Chevalier Mayes said Tuesday.
"We're certainly committed to doing the right thing."
County workers spent at least 282 hours last week responding to the blast, which happened at about 12:41 p.m.
Columbia took just over an hour to stop the flow of gas to the exploding pipe.
The company had to stop the flow of gas by hand, but some pipes can be quickly shut off if they are equipped with working automatic or remote shutoff devices. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the explosion and Columbia's response.
Firefighters, ambulances or police from Sissonville, Malden, Charleston, South Charleston, Tyler Mountain, Chesapeake and Belle all responded to the explosion, according to the cost sheet, although some have yet to submit costs. The State Police and authorities from Jackson County were also involved. The pipeline rupture was near the Kanawha/Jackson border.
Kanawha County emergency officials met Tuesday afternoon to talk about their own response to the blast.