Tag Archives: pipeline legislation

House Democrats Seek to Toughen Senate Pipeline Safety Bill

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Key Republicans and Democrats in the House were determined to pass a pipeline safety bill this year, although it may have some differences with the bill just passed by the Senate. That bill is called the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (SAFE PIPES) Act (S. 2276) and was passed by the Senate on March 3. The House pipeline subcommittee held hearings on potential legislation on Feb. 25 and the Energy & Commerce Committee followed with its own hearings a week later. The Senate bill includes one new mandate for […]

BLM Proposal Would Stimulate Pipeline Construction

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

New proposed limits on flaring and venting of natural gas from wells on federal lands could be a boon to the pipeline construction industry. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed new limits in February to reduce atmospheric emissions of methane. Kyle Danish, a partner at Van Ness Feldman, explains, “A significant amount of venting and flaring occurs when a resource is developed, but there is no gathering or pipeline infrastructure available for the produced gas. So, greater restrictions on flaring and venting could result in more incentives to get infrastructure in place and get […]

U.S., Canadian Pipelines Endorse Program to Certify All Inspectors

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

The boards of directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the INGAA Foundation Inc., the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the CEPA Foundation – major pipeline trade associations in the U.S. and Canada, respectively – recently voted to endorse a program to ensure all pipeline inspectors doing work for their member companies are certified by 2018. “The decision is consistent with the INGAA board’s commitment to zero pipeline incidents,” said INGAA President and CEO Don Santa. “Safe pipeline construction and quality materials help ensure safe operation. Having certified inspectors helps everyone raise the […]

Pipeline Industry Needs Clarity About Canada’s Regulatory Process

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Recent polling suggests Canadians recognize that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil, that the National Energy Board garners a significant amount of public trust and that Quebeckers would rather get their oil from Alberta than Saudi Arabia. And still we find ourselves engaged in a political debate around public acceptance and regulation. The recent discourse around pipelines has focused on the regulatory process and the NEB itself. This has led to a policy expanding the regulatory process for two new pipelines intended to bring Canadian oil to world markets. The changes would allow […]