August 2019, Vol. 246, No. 8

Government

New Democratic Pipeline Safety Bill Elicits Industry Opposition

House Democrats debuted the first comprehensive pipeline safety reform bill introduced in this Congress, and it contains a number of provisions opposed by both the intrastate and interstate gas transportation industries.  When the Democratic-controlled House Energy & Commerce Committee’s energy subcommittee passed the Safer Pipelines Act of 2019 (H.R. 3432) on June 26 by a voice vote, full committee Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) admitted the bill was unlikely to win enough Republican support, despite changes made in the legislation to respond to some GOP and industry objections. The bill would make a number of changes both in terms of safety practices required and the application

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