New pipeline-safety legislation signals hike in federal, state regulation

With the first major rewrite of US safety legislation in more than 2 decades, Congressional conferees have agreed on major changes to existing pipeline safety laws. As a result, federal and state oversight of interstate and intrastate pipeline safety operations will materially increase with passage of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002.LegislationTwo statutes generally govern pipeline safety; both were written as far back as 1968 and 1979. The first, the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act, concerns safety regulation of natural gas pipelines. The other, the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act, specifies safety requirements for crude oil and product pipelines and LNG facilities.The n...

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