INGAA applauds House passage of pipeline safety authorization bill

WASHINGTON— Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, today released the following statement, commending the U.S. House of Representatives for taking an important step to renew a law that enhances the safety of the interstate natural gas pipeline system that delivers almost one quarter of the energy consumed by Americans:

“We congratulate the House, and the committee members and their staff who worked so hard to get this bill passed. Because the House committees negotiated with their Senate counterparts on this compromise legislation prior to the House floor vote, we are confident the bill will be approved by the Senate and sent to President Obama in short order.

“This important piece of legislation updates and improves policies in several areas of pipeline safety, including integrity management, incident notification, public education and awareness, damage prevention and pipeline safety research and development. We believe these Congressional efforts will result in a safer, more reliable pipeline system nationwide.”