June 28, 2016

New Pipeline Safety Bill Needs A Push From Industry

Michael K. Friedberg | Jameson B. Rice | David C. Whitestone

The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2016, following the recent unanimous passage of the bill by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

The PIPES Act of 2016 reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2019. The PHMSA still has not issued 16 of the 42 congressional mandates from the 2011 reauthorization bill (the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011), and stakeholders have advocated for completion of those mandates rather than extensive new requirements.

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