WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation to enhance the safety of the nation’s 2.3 million miles of pipeline infrastructure passed the U.S. House of Representatives today with the support of U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15). H.R. 2845, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act, addresses numerous recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following investigations into recent pipeline incidents across the country, including the natural gas explosion that claimed the lives of five Allentown residents in February.
“This important legislation will help modernize our region’s aging pipeline infrastructure and enhance the safe delivery of vital energy resources to consumers and industries across the country,” said Rep. Dent. “Safety advocates, federal regulators, industry representatives and members of Congress from both parties worked extremely hard to develop this strong legislation, which puts the safety of the American people first. I am confident this bill will help reduce the number of tragic incidents like the deadly explosion in Allentown earlier this year.”
H.R. 2845 provides for the hiring of more federal safety inspectors at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), requires new pipeline transmission facilities to use automatic or remote-controlled shut-off valves, enhances standards for aging cast iron pipelines, expedites their replacement and increases civil penalties for safety violations.