Senate Unanimously Passes Safe Pipes Act
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Safe Pipes act on Friday, including funds to investigate and review the Aliso Canyon gas leak. The Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
There are 2.6 million miles of pipelines that carry oil and natural gas in the U.S. The Nation relies on these pipelines and the products in them for economic growth and to support the daily lives of its citizens, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) ensures they operate safely.
The prior Safe Pipes Act expired six months ago. The new legislation will ensure that PHMSA can carry out its mission of protecting the public.
PHMSA is working to establish rules that will facilitate upgrades to safer, more efficient technology and help ensure workers get the best training before making repairs to leaking pipes.