February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Features

Government: Senate Pipeline Safety Bill Contains Few New Safety Mandates

A full Senate vote is the next step for a pipeline safety bill which cleared a Senate committee in December. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act (S. 2276) by a bipartisan vote. The bill contains very few new safety mandates, especially compared to the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has been very slow to implement the 2011 bill, to the chagrin of many inside and outside Congress. Some pipeline industry partisans are very supportive of the Senate

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