Panel to hold pipeline safety hearing as deadline nears

By Andres Picon | 05/06/2024 06:35 AM EDT

A Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee will also select a new ranking member following the death of Donald Payne Jr.

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.).

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Sam Graves (R-Mo.) at the Capitol. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee will meet this week to get new input on pipeline safety needs as it works to reauthorize the nation’s pipeline regulator.

The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, chaired by Texas Republican Troy Nehls, will hold a hearing Tuesday titled, “Ensuring Safety and Reliability: Examining the Reauthorization Needs of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.”

It will also hold a brief markup before the hearing to select a new ranking member. The subcommittee’s top Democrat, New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne Jr., died last month.


The hearing comes months after the full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize PHMSA’s pipeline safety programs — the “Promoting Innovation in Pipeline Efficiency and Safety (PIPES) Act,” H.R. 6494 — from Chair Sam Graves (R-Mo.), ranking member Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), subcommittee Chair Troy Nehls (R-Texas) and Payne.