Pipeline safety reauthorization nears finish line with today�s Senate passage

Don Santa, president and chief executive officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, today lauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of S. 2276, the PIPES Act of 2016. The Senate approved the bill by unanimous consent, after House passage on Wednesday.

“We want to thank the Senate for its unanimous approval of the pipeline safety reauthorization bill.  With Senate approval today, the legislation just needs President Obama’s signature to become law.

“INGAA appreciates the hard work of the bill sponsor, Sen. Deb Fischer, and all the members and staff of the Senate and House committees of jurisdiction, in securing a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the federal pipeline safety program. This legislation meets several key goals, including directing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to regulate underground natural gas storage, something INGAA has advocated for several years. S. 2276 also sets reasonable PHMSA authorization levels and directs PHMSA to complete the regulatory mandates under the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011.

“We look forward to the president making this important bill law as soon as possible.”                           

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