April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4


Shuster To Support Transmission Company-sought Change To Integrity Program; EPA Delays Emissions Reporting

Pipeline safety hearings were the rage in early March. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held hearings March 1-3 on last year’s PG&E explosion in San Bruno, CA. Then on March 7 the House subcommittee on railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials held a hearing in King of Prussia, PA focusing on the explosion of a 12-inch diameter main in Allentown, PA owned by UGI Utilities, Inc. Five people died in that accident. Eight people died in San Bruno. A preliminary NTSB report hypothesized that the cause may have been a weld on a 30-inch transmission pipeline which blew apart. In an interview, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House pipeline subcomm

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