Senate passes Pipeline Safety bill

The US Senate has passed S.2276 the “Safe Pipes Act”.  It is now at the House of Representatives for consideration.

A PDF version of the bill can be downloaded here.

The bill includes the following requirement to develop regulations for underground natural gas storage:

§ 60103A. Standards for underground natural gas storage facilities

“(a) Minimum uniform safety standards.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of the SAFE PIPES Act, the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the heads of other relevant Federal agencies, shall issue minimum uniform safety standards, incorporating, to the extent practicable, consensus standards for the operation, environmental protection, and integrity management of underground natural gas storage facilities.”

Other provisions include reporting to Congress on the status of regulations required by the 2011 Act, a study on odorization of all combustible gases, review of IM programs and designating the Great Lakes as an HCA.

The next step is for the House to pass its bill on pipeline safety, reconcile the two bills and send a completed bill to the President.

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