AGA Commends Senate Passage of Pipeline Safety Reauthorization
Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association commends the work of the United States Senate in passing S.2299, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2020 by unanimous consent.
“This is an important step in the reauthorization process after months of work with our legislators—we appreciate their effort and dedication to getting this right,” Karen Harbert, President and CEO of the American Gas Association, said. “There is more work to do, and we are eager to get this important legislation through the House in a timely manner to help ensure our industry has the tools and technologies to continue to make our energy infrastructure safer.”
AGA would also like to thank the bipartisan work from the PIPES act of 2020 sponsors: Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), as well as Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS), Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and their staffers for their tireless work on this important legislation.
The legislation includes important provisions implementing Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS). In 2019, The AGA Board of Directors approved a resolution recommending that all members implement PSMS, or API RP 1173, a holistic approach to improving pipeline safety that includes the identification, prevention and remediation of safety hazards. The reauthorization, which lapsed at the end of 2019, remains in process in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 5120.
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.