Senate Greenlights Tougher Pipeline Safety Rules

Law360, New York (October 18, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Monday unanimously passed legislation that seeks to strengthen the federal government's oversight of pipeline safety and arm regulators with the authority to seek increased civil penalties for companies falling afoul of the rules.

Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced S. 275, the Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011, in the wake of an explosion at a PG&E Corp.-operated pipeline in San Bruno, Calif., in September 2010 that killed eight people and destroyed or damaged more than 150 homes....
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