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Pallone Welcomes New Gas Pipeline Safety Rule

Mar 19, 2016
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announcement of proposed regulations to update safety requirements for natural gas transmission pipelines:
“I’m pleased that DOT has released its long overdue natural gas pipeline safety proposed rule that would extend safety coverage to over 30,000 additional miles of gas pipelines.  The new standards for assessing and repairing gas transmission pipelines in areas of medium population density, or ‘Moderate Consequence Areas,’ will help protect our environment and ensure that those living near our pipeline infrastructure are safe.
“I look forward to learning more about DOT’s proposal to begin regulating the hundreds of thousands of miles of natural gas gathering lines that transport gas from drilling sites to processing facilities or transmission lines and are increasingly located in populated areas.
“The safety of our nation’s pipeline system is particularly important in light of the growth of fracking and the demand for more and bigger pipelines to carry gas from shale areas into densely populated areas for consumption and export.  We must have a strong regulator and strong safety laws to ensure that our growing pipeline system is safe so that residents living near these pipelines are not being put at risk.”