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Shuster Comments on NTSB San Bruno, California Pipeline Accident Report

Washington, DC-Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, issued the following statement in response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Pipeline Accident Report:

“As the House Transportation Committee prepares to move forward with pipeline safety reauthorization legislation, it is vital that Congress is pro-active in staying on top of safety concerns, ensures that Federal, state, and local actors and key stake holders are working together, and that safety concerns are being adequately addressed.

Both government and industry have taken numerous steps to improve pipeline safety over the last 10 years. Pipelines remain the safest and most cost-effective means to transport the extraordinary volumes of natural gas and hazardous liquid products that fuel our economy, and since 1986 the volume of energy products transported through pipelines has increased by one-third, yet the number of reportable incidents has decreased by 28 percent. While the data shows that federal pipeline safety programs have been on the right track, recent pipeline incidents such as San Bruno suggest there continues to be room for improvement.

Moving forward, we must ensure we keep in place regulatory measures that are working and make adjustments when necessary. I am committed to ensuring the continued safety and enhanced reliability in the transportation of our nation’s energy products by pipeline and to enhancing our already strong pipeline system by looking at ways to improve safety.”