Monday, September 19, 2011

HR 2937 Published – Pipeline Safety

In my earlier blog on upcoming hearings I noted that the GPO had not yet published the official version of HR 2937. The bill is now available. A quick review of the official version of the bill shows that is essentially the same as the marked-up version from the earlier subcommittee hearing.

One change that I had not noted in my earlier post on the subcommittee markup is the frequent wording change from ‘pipeline’ to ‘pipeline facility’. Since this change is not made everywhere in the bill, it would seem that this was done to expand the coverage of the regulation from just the physical pipeline to include supporting infrastructure. It will take several hundred lawyers, and years of law suits to determine the effective meaning of this change.

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