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ND Bill Aims to Curb Pipeline Protests

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker urged colleagues on Monday to slap tighter penalties on people involved in riots, the latest measure the Republican-controlled Legislature is considering that was spawned by ongoing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Under the proposal, those convicted of participating in a riot involving more than 100 people could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine — double the current penalties for a lower-end felony. Participation in smaller-sized riots, currently a misdemeanor, would be upgraded to a felony carrying up to […]

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

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

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”...

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AGA Hails Senate Energy Bill for “Strategic Use of Our Nation’s Natural Resources”

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

The American Gas Association (AGA) today praised the U.S. Senate for passing the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) which contains several provisions that would benefit natural gas customers throughout the nation, including a provision to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings. “The bipartisan energy legislation passed by the Senate contains provisions that promote strategic use of our nation’s natural resources,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “Natural gas utilities have been supportive of this legislation through its many stages and worked with the energy efficiency community and other allies to strengthen the bill […]