US Senate follows House, approves pipeline safety bill

12/18/2006
The US Senate passed an amended pipeline safety bill by voice vote on Dec. 7, following House passage of the measure on a similarly expedited basis (OGJ Online, Dec. 7, 2006). HR 5782 now heads to the White House, where President George W. Bush is expected to sign it.The bill would authorize a 50% increase in the number of federal pipeline inspectors, give additional enforcement authority to the US Office of Pipeline Safety and states to prevent third-party excavation damage, and federally regulate low-stress oil pipelines and local gas distribution systems for the first time, according to Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), one of the main sponsors earlier this year of the Senate’s or...
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