Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pipeline Safety Resurfaces.

Byline: Journal Staff Report

WASHINGTON The push to make oil and gas pipelines safer is back on the congressional agenda less than two months after a controversial pipeline safety bill died in the House.

The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2001, which passed the Senate and died in the House late last year, was reintroduced Monday by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Patty Murray, D-Wash.

The bill would require mandatory pipeline inspections, impose steep financial penalties against negligent pipeline operators and provide the public with more information about pipelines.

The measure is co-sponsored by Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N. …

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