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Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Announced Bipartisan Agreement for H.R. 2845 (December 8, 2011)
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Unanimous Voice Vote Report Out (September 8, 2011)
Overview of the Pipeline Safety Bills Currently Developed (July 27, 2011)
House Subcommittee on Energy and Power Hearing “The American Energy Initiative" (July 15, 2011)
Senate introduced American Infrastructure Investment Fund Act of 2011 (May 12, 2011)
House introduced draft Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act (May 12, 2011)
May 20, 2010 PIPES Reauthorization Hearing
Pipeline Safety Improvement Act Passed with 3 Amendments (May 5, 2011)
Pipeline safety bill introduced by Senators Lautenberg and Rockefeller (Feb. 3, 2011)
Pipeline safety bill introduced by Senators Feinstein and Boxer (Jan. 31, 2011)
S.275 - Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011
AGA/PHMSA Pipeline Safety Act Timeline (May 2013 Update)
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 Pipeline safety bill introduced by Senators Feinstein and Boxer (Jan. 31, 2011) 

This pipeline safety bill was introduced by Senators Feinstein and Boxer on January 31, 2011.  Even if this bill does not pass in full, portions of this bill could to be incorporated into the pipeline safety bill proposed by Senators Lautenberg and Rockefeller. 
The bill safety bill was introduced by Senators Feinstein and Boxer  includes provisions that would:

  1. Require installation of automatic shut-off valves or remote control valves;
  2. Require inline inspection or the use of technology that will detect corrosion, pipe stress and otherwise provide for the safety of transmission lines in HCAs;
  3. Prohibit operating pipelines at a higher pressure unless the line is assessed by inline inspection or similar technologies;
  4. Expand high consequence areas and establishes standards for leak detection equipment and methods. 
  5. Require operators to establish a complete record of pipeline components in order to verify the maximum allowable operating pressure based on the weakest section of the pipeline.  Pipelines with incomplete records must be pressure tested or replaced, and must operate at reduced pressure until testing is completed.
  6. Enforce recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released in January 2011, increase penalties, expand data collection, and provide greater oversight of unregulated pipelines.
 

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