PIPELINE SAFETY-1: US Senate ready to act on pipeline safety as public attention sharpens

About this seriesThis is the first in a series of articles by OGJ Senior Writer Sam Fletcher on US pipeline safety issues facing the industry as the year and a new administration in Washington, DC, begin. The next installment discusses how more-stringent safety requirements in high-consequence areas may send US pipeline companies scrambling for outside expertise they don't have in-house.After President George W. Bush's cabinet appointees are confirmed, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will likely schedule more hearings on pipeline safety legislation, a committee aide has told OGJ. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), committee chairman, "will probably reintrodu...

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