Important Pipeline Safety Legislation One Step Closer to Renewal
The Safe Pipes Act was first introduced in 2011. The law's official description characterized the legislation as an act, "to provide for enhanced safety and environmental protection in pipeline transportation, to provide for enhanced reliability in the transportation of the Nation's energy products by pipeline and for other purposes." It is now in need of reauthorization.
New, low-cost technology is helping reduce the amount of methane being release by the oil and gas industry, but changes are needed to cover existing infrastructure because these sources will potentially account for 90 percent of methane emissions. By giving more resources to PHMSA, the agency will have the power to check on existing pipelines to spot those most at risk of leaking methane.