November 2015, Vol. 242, No. 11

Features

Feds Want Tougher Rules for Pipelines after Series of Spills

Federal officials want tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying crude oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included the costliest onshore oil spill in the nation’s history in Michigan. The Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed expanding pipeline inspection requirements to include rural areas that are currently exempt and for companies to more closely analyze the results of their inspections. The agency also would make companies recheck lines following floods and hurricanes, and submit information about leaks and other problems on thousands of miles of smaller lines that fall outside of existing regulations. The proposal covers over 200,00

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