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NGAA hails passage of historic Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization Bill in 2021 omnibus package

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The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) commended congress for passing the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (PIPES Act) in the 2021 omnibus spending package.

The historic piece of legislation enhances pipeline safety, embraces the latest technologies and aids in the further reduction of methane emissions by modernizing and strengthening the programs of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

“INGAA supports the PIPES Act and applauds the collaborative, bipartisan, bicameral work that got us here today,” said Amy Andryszak, president and CEO of INGAA.

She added: “This legislation is the result of years of effort on both sides of the aisle to provide PHMSA with the necessary resources to continue its important work overseeing our nation’s pipeline infrastructure.

“New funding for our nation’s pipeline safety program and updates to PHMSA’s regulations to reflect the latest technologies and practices will both enhance safety and benefit the environment. Further, this bill supports the reliable delivery of natural gas to the families, businesses, manufacturers and power plants across our country that rely daily on the essential infrastructure INGAA members operate.”

The PIPES Act reflects a number of enhancements that advance PHMSA’s programs for protecting public safety and the environment. For more information visit www.ingaa.org