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Posted: 05 Jan, 2012

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton lauds Obama signing pipeline safety bill

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton today applauded President Obama's signing bipartisan pipeline safety legislation.

In a press release, he said after Obama signed the bill Tuesday, "As chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I pledged to make pipeline safety a priority for the 112th Congress. I am proud of our bipartisan work to deliver on that promise. This new law will provide a strong framework to keep pipelines safe now and into the future."

Upton noted that he saw firsthand the importance of pipeline safety with the 2010 Enbridge oil spill into the Kalamazoo River, which started in Calhoun County and flows through his congressional district.

He said among the bill's provisions, the new law "increases maximum violation fines, requires notification of an incident within one hour of its confirmed discovery, requires the use of automatic shut-off valves on new transmission lines, sets up leak detection standards for liquid pipelines, and provides for a federal review of pipelines buried under waterways."