Washington, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was a guest at the American Gas Association's (AGA) Executive Leadership Safety Summit Tuesday, November 8, 2011, where AGA members gathered this week to focus on the state of the natural gas industry in all aspects of safety.
LaHood recognized AGA’s ongoing commitment to safety and praised the recently published Commitment to Enhancing Safety on Oct. 26, 2011, calling the document a good indicator of continued progress. He also acknowledged the leadership role that AGA and its member companies have taken in making pipeline safety the top priority.
“We've got to continue to make safety our No. 1 priority. That's our job," Lahood said. "It's up to us to make sure the delivery of these services and products are the safest they can possibly be, and the only way to do that is to continue to talk to one another."
Currently, there are several different pipeline safety bills working their way through Congress. The Senate passed its version of safety legislation, S. 275, last month, and the House is working to combine two committee bills, H.R. 2845 and H.R. 2937, before a floor vote.
"We have provided a lot of technical assistance to members of the staff of these committees and when we look at the overall vision and the context of these bills, we like the direction that Congress is going.” LaHood said. “However, we're not going to rest on our laurels. If we pass a bill and we get it signed, we need to continue to make progress."