November 2011, Vol. 238 No. 11

Government

Integrity Management Expansion Stirs Controversy In Congress

Two House committees are attempting to combine slightly different pipeline safety bills while Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is preventing a Senate vote on a bill passed by the Commerce Committee in May. All three bills are moderate, and make changes around the edges of current law, both with regard to natural gas and oil pipelines. “Congress is not over-reaching or posturing,” says Robert Hogfoss, a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, a firm with a large natural gas legal practice. The most controversial issue is a provision in one of the House bills and the Senate bill which would allow the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to expand integr

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