Watching Government: Pursuing pipeline safety

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration is expected to announce new safety regulations in 2013 under the latest federal pipeline safety law. Oil and gas pipeline owners and operators have not been simply standing around and waiting. The Interstate Natural Gas Association formed a board-level pipeline safety task force in 2010 to pursue ways to further improve the industry's safety performance. Early the next year, it established five guiding pipeline safety principles with a goal of cutting pipeline accidents to zero. "INGAA is engaging stakeholders continuously-including the National Transportation Safety Board, federal and state regulators, safety advocates, first re...

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