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Investigation into Williams Northwest Pipeline Explosion Could Take Weeks

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Up to 20 workers employed at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility in Plymouth are not on the job but local, state and federal agencies are on the scene investigating. Up to 20 workers employed at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility in Plymouth are not on the job but local, state and federal agencies are on the scene investigating.

PLYMOUTH, WA - Up to 20 workers employed at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility in Plymouth are not on the job but local, state and federal agencies are on the scene investigating.

"Safety is really our first priority. So we want to make sure everybody who goes on that site will be safe," said spokesperson Michele Swanson.

The road into the plant site is blocked off. Even a security guard is on watch.

Williams officials along with Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and OSHA representatives are the only people going in right now. They are reviewing, fact-finding and investigating according to Swaner. They are trying to understand why the plant blew.

"First of all, you have to look at the structures to make sure that they're safe. I think we will have a structural engineer on site to take a look at that before we enter any of the buildings," said Swaner.

The Plymouth location is one of three liquefied natural gas facilities that Williams operates around the country. While employees cannot go back to work yet, they can be deployed for other duties within the company.

"It's going to take some time for us to really figure out what happened and so we have to be patient about that. We want to do the most thorough work and investigation that we can do. So it's going to take time," said Swaner.

Swaner said it could take weeks before the investigation is complete.
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