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Posted: 12 Sep, 2011

House Transportation Committee approves pipeline safety bill

United States: House Transportation Committee approves pipeline safety bill

The US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed pipeline safety legislation on Sept. 8, and the bill’s sponsors said the legislation will impose tougher penalties and improve operations.

HR 2845 would require the US Transportation secretary to evaluate the effectiveness of expanded leak detection and integrity management requirements, improve emergency communications from pipelines and the federal government to state and local emergency responders, and reform the accident-reporting process for operators.
“Pipelines are the safest and most cost-effective means to transport the natural gas and hazardous liquid products that fuel our economy,” said Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the bill’s main sponsor and chairman of the committee’s Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee.

“By reauthorizing federal pipeline safety programs through fiscal 2015, HR 2845 provides the regulatory certainty necessary for pipeline owners and operators to plan for the future, make investments in this infrastructure, and create American jobs,” Shuster said.

For more information follow these links:

Gov Track, 2011-2012 (112th Congress), H.R. 2845: Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011

OIL & GAS JOURNAL, WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 9, Nick Snow, Washington Editor:
House Transportation Committee approves pipeline safety bill