CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All but one of seven lawsuits filed last month over last year's massive gas line explosion in Sissonville have been settled.
Several Sissonville residents sued NiSource and its subsidiary, Columbia Gas Transmission, in Kanawha Circuit Court over December's massive gas line explosion and fire.
In seven separate lawsuits, the residents alleged the companies and others didn't "exercise due care" in maintaining the transmission pipeline that ruptured.
No one was killed or seriously injured, but the Dec. 11 explosion and blaze destroyed houses and sent flames shooting nearly 100 feet into the air on both sides of Interstate 77, melting asphalt and guardrails.
The blast occurred on a segment of 20-inch-diameter natural gas transmission line that was installed in 1967, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The lawsuits, filed for the residents by Warner Law Offices of Charleston, allege the companies failed to adequately train employees in safety inspection in regard to maintaining the gas transmission lines. They also allege inadequate emergency response training.
The amounts agreed on are confidential, according to plaintiff's attorney Bobby Warner.
"We're pleased with the results," he said.
Warner said Tuesday that only a lawsuit filed by Margaret Johnson remains. He said mediation in that case has been unsuccessful.