Pipeline Safety Act

 

Pipeline Safety Act

Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Unanimous Voice Vote Report Out (September 8, 2011)

On September 8, 2011, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee reported out on an unanimous voice vote for their pipeline safety bill, H.R. 2845.  Only one amendment from Congressman Shuster was adopted.  Congressman's Shuster's amendment modified provisions of the bill that prohibited DOT from issuing regulations for the Integrity Management Program and leak detection.  A few other amendments were offered and withdrawn.  The Shuster and withdrawn amendments are included below along with the draft bill:
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:
Pipeline safety bill introduced by Senators Lautenberg and Rockefeller (Feb. 3, 2011)

This pipeline safety bill was introduced by Senators Lautenberg and Rockefeller on February 3, 2011.  Both Democratic and Republican staff of the Senate Commerce Committee have worked cooperatively on this bill.  AGA believes this bill is a positive first step in the process of getting a final pipeline safety bill finalized in the Senate.
House introduced draft Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act (May 12, 2011)

On May 12, 2011 the House presented a discussion draft energy bill.  The House legislation would provide funds for rebuilding our highways, bridges, locks, dams, and water and sewer systems, which need an estimated $2.2 trillion in repairs according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
House Subcommittee on Energy and Power Hearing “The American Energy Initiative" (July 15, 2011)

On Friday, July 15, 2011, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power held the eleventh of a multi-day hearing entitled “The American Energy Initiative.” This day of the hearing will focus on the Discussion Draft of “Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act of 2011,” the Energy and Commerce Committee’s initial proposal to reauthorize pipeline safety programs thru 2014. It should be noted that the Energy and Commerce Committee shares jurisdiction on pipeline safety issues with the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Announced Bipartisan Agreement for H.R. 2845 (December 8, 2011)

On December 8, 2011 the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced newly agreed upon language to amend the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (H.R.
May 20, 2010 PIPES Reauthorization Hearing

On May 20, 2010 the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing to begin the reauthorization process for the 2006 PIPES Act.  This hearing is titled “Implementation of the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006 and Reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Program” and included testimony from AOPL, AGA, NUCA, NAPSR, PHMSA, INGAA and the Pipeline Safety Trust.  The testimony provided for the hearing is listed below.
Overview of the Pipeline Safety Bills Currently Developed (July 27, 2011)

Three Congressional committees have jurisdiction over pipeline safety laws; the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation, the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) and the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) committees. The Senate committee approved a pipeline safety bill and AGA and other trade associations wrote a letter to the Senate requesting that the bill be immediately brought before the full Senate for passage. On July 27 the Energy and Power subcommittee of the House E&C committee marked up a bill that is very similar to the Senate pipeline bill.
Pipeline Safety Improvement Act Passed with 3 Amendments (May 5, 2011)

On May 5, 2011 the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held its mark-up on S.
Senate introduced American Infrastructure Investment Fund Act of 2011 (May 12, 2011)

On May 12, 2011 Senators Rockefeller (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Lautenberg (D-NJ), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, introduced legislation entitled the American Infrastructure Investment Fund Act of 2011.  Among other things, the bill would establish within the Department of Transportation (DOT) the American Infrastructure Investment Fund.  The financing mechanism created by this bill would be designed to leverage Federal dollars to incentivize private investment in transportation projects of regional or national signific
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