Crews learn what to do when a buried gas pipeline is ruptured during careless digging

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LEWIS COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - To boost public awareness and public safety for natural gas distribution, Enertech, and other companies held a training to see and hear first-hand what happens when a buried gas pipeline is ruptured by careless digging.

Dozens of trainees and trainers from Dominion Energy Transmission, Dominion Energy West Virginia, Dow Chemical, Mountaineer Gas, TransCanada, West Virginia 811, and area first responders met at the West Virginia State Fire Academy, in the Jackson's Mill Facility on Tuesday.

They started the day with an indoor training. Then they went outside to see what they learned, step by step. They showed what happens when someone carelessly digs in a pipeline area. Then the procedures of first responders.

Organizers say this could be avoided by calling WV 811 before digging.

"The wrong was which was scene two, where they show up and they show the pipeline they think might be, in that point they start to dig, which is when they hit the line," said Madison Mason, Director of Sales at Enertech.

The hold these kind of training throughout the state.