June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

Government

New Pipeline Safety Bill Heads for House Passage; Senate Bill Waiting

Two House committees passed nearly identical pipeline safety bills. Once combined into a single piece of legislation, the House will work with the Senate, which previously passed a bill, to come up with a single version for President Obama’s signature. All three bills pale beside the 2011 pipeline bill that contained many new regulatory mandates for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a significant number of which have not been completed. In this new batch of bills, there are only two significant provisions. One in the two House bills gives PHMSA “emergency order” authority to shut down a pipeline in the event of a significant leak. All three require PHMSA to

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