Pipeline industry encouraged by new bipartisan US pipeline safety bill

The gas pipeline industry believes the US Congress will pass a pipeline safety bill in 2002. Such legislation, introduced by a bipartisan group of pro-industry House members, awaits the return of congressional members late this month from their month-long holiday break.The "Pipeline Infrastructure Protection To Enhance Security and Safety Act" was introduced by Don Young (R-Alas.) and W.J. (Billy) Tauzin (R-La.), along with others including Democrats from Texas and Oklahoma."While we now have to review the legislation, we are encouraged," said Jerald V. Halvorsen, president of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. "This is an excellent step and a positive sign that the House ...

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