April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Government

House Democrats Seek to Toughen Senate Pipeline Safety Bill

Key Republicans and Democrats in the House were determined to pass a pipeline safety bill this year, although it may have some differences with the bill just passed by the Senate. That bill is called the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act (S. 2276) and was passed by the Senate on March 3. The House pipeline subcommittee held hearings on potential legislation on Feb. 25 and the Energy & Commerce Committee followed with its own hearings a week later. The Senate bill includes one new mandate for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) concerning underground gas storage facilities, but was

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