INGAA commends Senate committee for 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 Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for renewing a law that ensures the safety of the interstate natural gas pipeline system that delivers almost one quarter of the energy consumed by Americans:

“We commend the committee for voting to report S. 275, The Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act, and look forward to prompt action by the full Senate and then similar action in the House.

“INGAA recognizes the importance of continuous improvement to pipeline safety regulations, standards and procedures. This legislation updates and improves pipeline safety policy in several areas, including integrity management and damage prevention. Combined with regulatory initiatives that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is expected to launch and the initiatives INGAA is undertaking through our board-level pipeline safety task force efforts, we believe the result will be a safer pipeline system nationwide.