State and local officials are marking
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held a symbolic bill signing Monday at the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department.
Tomblin had signed the bill into law on April 29. The legislation raises state penalties for safety violations to federal levels. The law applies to an estimated 11,000 miles of pipeline that run within the state's borders.
Federal rules apply to interstate transmission lines, such as the one in Sissonville that ruptured last December. No one was killed, but the resulting inferno destroyed a section of highway and four homes.