House Raises Fines In New Pipeline Safety Bill

Law360, New York (December 12, 2011, 9:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday to double to $2 million the maximum fines for pipeline safety violations in an effort to address safety shortcomings that have led to recent accidents, and enhance environmental protections and transportation reliability.

After 40 minutes of debate, House lawmakers passed H.R. 2845, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011, with a voice vote, sending the measure to the U.S. Senate for approval. The bill seeks to amend Title 49 of the U.S. Code to enhance...
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