Oil Spills Turn Up Heat On Pipeline Safety Reforms

Law360, New York (April 11, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A recent rash of pipeline oil spills, including a leak from an ExxonMobil Corp. oil pipeline in Arkansas, will increase pressure on regulators to implement an overhaul of federal pipeline safety regulations mandated by Congress over a year ago, experts say.

The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 was signed into law in January 2012. The law, enacted partly in response to the deadly 2010 explosion of a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas pipeline in California, mandates tougher safety and inspection...
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