The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved bipartisan PIPES Act of 2016 to increase pipeline safety, enhance safety oversight efforts, and provide stricter regulations in transporting energy commodities.
The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016 is a product of both the Transportation & Infrastructure and Energy & Commerce Committees who collaborated text from separate bills passed out of each of the committees in April.
The legislation will improve the safety of the pipeline infrastructure and bring needed reform within the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which will require the agency to be even more efficient and data-driven.
The bill will also reauthorize the federal pipeline safety program within PHMSA for four years, require updates to safety regulations and the increase in transparency, and speed up the process of completing outstanding safety requirements included in the 2011 authorization.
The legislation is awaiting Senate approval and movement toward the President’s desk.
Read the bill summary here.