June 2011 Vol. 238 No. 6

Government

Pipeline Safety Bill Starts to Move Through Congress

A new pipeline safety bill started its trek through Congress May 5 when the Senate Commerce Committee passed The Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act (S. 275). The mild bill is largely unobjectionable to the gas and liquid pipeline industries, but neither does it grant INGAA’s long-standing top priority: adopting a risk-based approach to retesting of pipelines in high consequence areas (HCAs). The bill does not endorse an expansion of HCAs though it does authorize the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to undertake a year-long study which could lead to the agency proposing an expansion of HCAs. Several amendments were tacked onto th

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