Monday, July 11, 2011

Congressional Hearings – Week of 07-11-11

Two weeks in a row that both Houses are actually meeting in Washington. Will wonders never cease? There are only three hearings scheduled this week that will be of interest to the chemical security community and nothing of interest on cyber security. Only two topics will be covered in these three hearings; TSA and pipelines.

TSA Authorization

The Transportation Security Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will be meeting tomorrow to look at industry perspectives of authorizing TSA. It is very encouraging to see that not only will there be surface transportation industry representatives present for this hearing, but that they will form the first of two panels to testify. That panel will include transit, railroad, trucking, and pipeline industry representatives as well as a union rep. This should be an interesting panel to hear from.

The second panel will deal will air security issues, and I guess that those may be important too (reluctant sarcasm).

Pipeline Security

Subcommittees from two different House committees will take a look at pipeline safety this week. Thursday the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing; no details are currently available.

On Friday the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing looking at their draft bill; “Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act of 2011”. No witness list is yet available for this hearing. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to review their draft bill before the hearing.

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