Editorial: Acting on pipeline safety

The US Congress is close to passing pipeline safety legislation. Action is overdue. But it's an election year, when politics can breed destructive surprises. And attention to a controversial energy bill might be distracting.Congress is late reauthorizing the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act, which expired in September 2000. The Senate passed reauthorization bills last year. But 2001 ended with no passage of a companion House bill.Lately, industry groups have voiced confidence that pipeline safety legislation will be enacted this year (OGJ, Jan. 21, 2002, p. 20). A bipartisan group of House members in December introduced the "Pipeline Infrastruct...

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