AGA Applauds Senate Committee Passage of Pipeline Safety Legislation

News Release July 31, 2019

Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) applauds U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for passing S. 2299, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2019.

“The goal of this legislation is to provide the industry with the rules and tools we need to continue to enhance the safety of the natural gas delivery system and the Senate Commerce Committee took another positive step in that direction today,” said AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert.

The 2019 PIPES Act is sponsored by Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) led a bipartisan vote in the committee.

On July 25, AGA said, “We have been encouraged by the Committee’s collaborative process which has produced reasonable provisions that would improve pipeline safety, advance research and development and provide PHMSA and state regulators the resources to become even more effective regulators.”

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 76 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 72 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than thirty percent of the United States' energy needs.