Pipeline safety legislation becomes law

Don Santa, president and chief executive officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, today commented on President Obama signing  S. 2276, the PIPES Act of 2016, into law:

“We appreciate the president, the House, the Senate, the committees of jurisdiction and the bill’s sponsors for working together in a bipartisan fashion to move this important piece of legislation into law.

“Members of the of the interstate natural gas pipeline industry are already hard at work building on Congress’ efforts to enhance the nation’s pipeline through an aggressive safety program, anchored with an overarching goal of zero pipeline incidents.

“This legislation, which continues to authorize the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, focuses PHMSA to complete the regulatory mandates under the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011 and requires that PHMSA set minimum federal safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities will complement our efforts.” 

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