In an effort for safer pipelines, the House Energy Commerce Committee passed the Pipeline Safety Act of 2016 (H.R. 5050) on Wednesday, moving the pipeline industry one step closer to better secured infrastructure and more robust inspections.
H.R. 5050 will allow more oversight at the Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA), granting them direct authority to hire inspectors and implicate a reformed set of standards that focuses on an increase in safety after a series of pipeline incidents within recent years.
Although not yet scheduled for a vote in Congress, the Pipeline Safety Act is expected to pass through both the House and the Senate.