Pipeline Safety Hearing Highlights Regulatory Shortcomings

“A major, overarching problem with the federal pipeline safety program is that it takes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) too long to finalize Congressional mandates.” So stated Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee at a June 19 hearing before the group’s Energy Subcommittee to address “Legislative Solutions to Make Our Nation’s Pipelines Safer.”

The hearing focused on two legislative proposals:

  • Discussion Draft: The Safer Pipelines Act of 2019
  • 2139: The Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act

During the hearing,

New Studies Warn of Rising Methane Levels in Atmosphere

Two new studies have been released in recent weeks that warn of the increasing dangers of rising methane levels in the atmosphere and express concern that the circumstance undermine the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate. This information is relevant for all who are concerned about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline since over 90% of natural gas transmitted by pipelines is methane,