Gas company sues W.Va. logging firm over road use

2:57 AM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Columbia Gas Transmission is suing a Petersburg company whose timber-cutting operation may threaten the safety and stability of three underground pipelines.

Ohio-based Columbia sued Robert Borror Logging and four Pendleton County landowners earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Elkins.

Columbia wants Chief Judge John Preston Bailey to issue a permanent injunction that would stop Borror from operating in a way it considers improper and unsafe under a right of way agreement.

Borror has no telephone listing and has yet to file a response.

But Columbia says it's driving trucks and hauling logs on roads it had earlier agreed to protect.

Underneath those roads are 26-inch and 36-inch pipelines that carry natural gas. Columbia says the stress on the ground could increase pressure in the pipelines or create cracks.

The Associated Press

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