The House and Senate have approved new pipeline safety legislation, called the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. Among other things, the bill will:
- Establish self-implementing requirements for gas pipeline integrity management programs (gas pipeline operators will be required to establish integrity management programs by certain deadlines, even if the DOT’s regulations are not promulgated by that time).
- Require all pipeline operators (excluding distribution and gathering lines) to submit pipeline mapping data to the National Pipeline Mapping System within 6 months.
- Increase the maximum penalty for repeated safety violations to $1 million.
- Give states greater oversight of safety procedures.
- Protect industry whistle-blowers.
The entire bill can be downloaded from RCP’s website here.