The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an open investigation relating to the gasoline fire and explosion in near Helena, Alabama, which occurred last Monday and killed one worker and injured several others.
A section of Colonial Pipeline’s 5,500-mile Line 1 pipeline caught fire and erupted Monday in Shelby County, Alabama, just a mile near a section of the line that leaked hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline into a mine retention well and shut down gasoline to the U.S. Southeast for over a week.
The board announced Friday that a team of five members from the board will be in Alabama for several days to conduct interviews and collect evidence of the accident. Some will also visit Colonial Pipeline offices in Georgia to interview operations and engineering staff as well as to collect documents and data.
The fire that erupted on the line Monday during routine maintenance operations was finally fully extinguished on Friday, and operations have begun to remove residual gasoline from the pipeline and to replace the faulty section.