January 2020, Vol. 247, No. 1

Government

House Democrats to Approve Tough Pipeline Bill

Democrats in the House are about to pass a new pipeline safety bill that is unlikely to attract any Republican support. The Pipeline Safety Act (H.R. 5120), which passed by two House committees in November with no GOP votes in favor, also clashes with the bi-partisan bill passed last summer by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.  The House Democratic bill was praised by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), an environmental group, which has typically been at loggerheads with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) with regard to how safety and environmental factors should affect pipeline permitting. INGAA supported a rival bill proposed by Republican

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