Senator Jay Rockefeller today released this statement following a major explosion and natural gas line fire in Sissonville:
"This was clearly a terrible and dangerous explosion, and first and foremost my thoughts are with those on the ground right now working to keep people out of harm's way. As details continue to emerge, my focus as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee -- where I have made pipeline safety a top priority -- is on what went wrong. I'm in close contact with state and federal officials, as well as the company involved. It's important that the National Transportation Safety Board is launching a team imminently to conduct a thorough investigation into how and why this happened, and that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will soon have someone on the scene. I will continue monitoring today's developments, with hope for everyone's continued safety, as we await a determination of the cause of this accident."