U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces 2019 Pipeline Safety Legislative Proposal

A press release issued by PHMSA today outlines the legislative proposal transmitted to Congress today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao for a bill entitled PIPES Act of 2019. The proposed legislation would reauthorize DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) pipeline safety programs for fiscal years 2020-2023.

The proposal includes measures that would:

  • Modernize PHMSA’s incident and construction data collection
  • Expand PHMSA’s State Pipeline Safety Program grant criteria for state costs.
  • Establish a voluntary safety information sharing program
  • Encourage replacement for aged local pipeline systems
  • Clarify certain regulatory measures to prevent incidents from occurring on pipelines
  • Streamline and enhance PHMSA’s support for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities
  • Promote research and development initiatives aimed at deploying new technologies to enhance pipeline safety and reliability.

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