New Pipeline Safety Bill Heads for House Passage; Senate Bill Waiting

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

Two House committees passed nearly identical pipeline safety bills. Once combined into a single piece of legislation, the House will work with the Senate, which previously passed a bill, to come up with a single version for President Obama’s signature. All three bills pale beside the 2011 pipeline bill that contained many new regulatory mandates for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a significant number of which have not been completed. In this new batch of bills, there are only two significant provisions. One in the two House bills gives PHMSA “emergency order”…

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