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Report: Ohio pipeline damaged in explosion part of same system damaged in 2016 incident

Stephen Huba
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One year after the Texas Eastern pipeline explosion in Salem Township, the fields at ground zero, on the farm of Randy Gillis, are recovering, and the landscape is returning to its pre-explosion state, as seen on April 26, 2017.

The natural gas pipeline in Noble County, Ohio, that exploded on Monday is part of the same system that had an explosion in Salem Township in 2016, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Monday’s explosion on the Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline in Noble County in eastern Ohio resulted in one injury, the destruction of three homes and damage to three other homes. Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc. said the section affected by the explosion was installed in 1952 and 1953.

The Dispatch reported that two other incidents on the Texas Eastern Transmission system since 2010 have caused injuries, including the April 2016 explosion of a 30-inch natural gas pipeline in Salem Township.

That explosion left a man seriously burned, leveled a brick ranch house, scorched about 40 acres of farm fields, melted the siding on several nearby homes and rattled windows for miles around. The section affected by the 2016 explosion dated back to 1981.

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which is investigating the Noble County explosion, said in a preliminary report last year that corrosion was a factor in the Salem Township explosion.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter @shuba_trib.