SHARP'S PIPELINE BILL DRAWS GAS INDUSTRY FIRE

U.S. gas industry spokesmen have complained that many elements of a pipeline safety bill pending in the House of Representatives are unnecessary. Their comments came at a House energy and power subcommittee hearing. Rep. Phil Sharp (D-Ind.), subcommittee chairman, said during 1971-86 U.S. pipeline failures caused an average of 11 deaths and 48 injuries/year and an average cost of $25 million/year in property damage, product loss, and cleanup charges.

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