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Justice Wants PSC To Investigate Charleston Gas Outages

Mounds of dirt surround holes in the street with orange caution signs and cones to warn drivers.
Officials were working to restore gas lines on Charleston's West Side on Nov. 16, 2023.
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Gov. Jim Justice said a water main break is to blame for a natural gas outage that’s affected hundreds of Charleston residents for nearly a week.

The gas outage, which began last Friday, was caused by a water main rupture on Charleston’s West Side, flooding the area’s gas lines with water.

Mountaineer Gas personnel had restored service to 260 customers by Thursday, according to Mayor Amy Goodwin, including an elementary school and a community center.

Justice, in his regular media briefing, said he wanted the state Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates utilities, to look at what happened.

“And that’s why I’ve asked the PSC to launch a full-fledged investigation in regard to this entire matter,” he said Thursday.

Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Tom Williams said meal boxes would be provided to affected students and their families on Friday, enough to get them through the weekend, with more meals coming to them on Tuesday.