House Panel OKs Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Bill

Law360, New York (July 27, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT) -- A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Wednesday approved a compromise bill to update oil and gas pipeline safety standards in the wake of a deadly explosion in San Bruno, Calif., and a ruptured ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. pipeline that leaked oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on energy and power approved by a voice vote the Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act, which seeks to reauthorize expired pipeline safety programs through 2014.

Lawmakers approved the measure after adding...
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