May 2011, Vol. 238 No. 5

Government

PHMSA Forum Kicks Off New Pipeline Safety Focus

It is still unclear if anything substantive will result from the pipeline safety forum Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood held on April 18. The forum followed a press conference LaHood and PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman held in Pennsylvania on April 4 where they announced a vague “action plan” meant to respond to a recent series of pipeline explosions, the latest in Allentown, PA in February when a distribution line ignited, killing five people. LaHood wants to “accelerate rehabilitation, repair, and replacement programs for high-risk pipeline infrastructure and to re-qualify that infrastructure as fit for service.” He has supplied no specifics,

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