Pipeline hearing hones in on safety, emissions concerns

By Andres Picon | 05/08/2024 06:53 AM EDT

Two House committees have approved pipeline safety reauthorization bills. A final deal remains elusive.

Tristan Brown.

Tristan Brown, deputy administrator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, on Tuesday. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee/YouTube

A House subcommittee on Tuesday revisited concerns about pipeline safety and fossil fuel emissions as it works to add finishing touches to a bipartisan reauthorization bill for the nation’s pipeline regulator.

The Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials met for its latest hearing on the “Promoting Innovation in Pipeline Efficiency and Safety (PIPES) Act,” H.R. 6494, which would renew safety programs at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for four years.

The subcommittee also named Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida the panel’s new ranking member. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. of New Jersey, the subcommittee’s top Democrat since 2021, died last month.


The “PIPES Act” — sponsored by full committee Chair Sam Graves (R-Mo.), ranking member Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), subcommittee Chair Troy Nehls (R-Texas) and Payne — cleared committee last year with unanimous support.