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Township sets public forum for residents on gas explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Elected supervisors of a western Pennsylvania township have scheduled a meeting where residents can get more information about a massive natural gas pipeline explosion last month.

Officials from Salem Township, Westmoreland County’s emergency management team and Spectra Energy, the Houston company that owns the pipeline and several others that run through the township, will be present Wednesday night.

The township is banning video during the meeting to protect the privacy of residents who have questions.

The blast scorched 40 acres in the largely rural township 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, seriously burning a man whose home was destroyed in the April 29 blast.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has found corrosion indicating a “possible flaw” In materials used to coat welded joints of the pipeline installed in 1981.

Related: Pipelines drained, feds investigating cause of gas explosion.

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