Tulsa, Okla. (June 14, 2016) – Last night the Senate unanimously approved S. 2276, the “SAFE PIPES Act.” This bill will reauthorize the federal pipeline safety program through fiscal year 2019.
The bill was pre-negotiated between the House and Senate committees of jurisdiction and passed the House in a voice vote on June 8. After last night’s passage, the bill now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
GPA Midstream Association’s Vice President of Government Affairs Matthew Hite said, “GPA Midstream congratulates Congress for their efforts on coming together to pass bipartisan pipeline safety legislation that reauthorizes the federal pipeline safety program. We were pleased to work closely with committee leadership and staff in crafting a reauthorization bill that furthers our member companies’ commitments to safety, and we look forward to working with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Congress on its implementation.”
Founded in 1921, the GPA Midstream Association is a trade organization with nearly 100 corporate members of all sizes engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas, commonly referred to as “midstream activities” in the energy sector. Natural gas is one of the world’s primary energy sources and much of it must be purified, or "processed," to meet quality standards and regulations and to make useful everyday products for homes, factories and businesses. Gas processing includes the removal of impurities from the raw natural gas stream produced at the wellhead, as well as the extraction for sale of natural gas liquid products (NGLs) such as ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline. GPA Midstream members account for more than 90 percent of NGLs produced in the United States from natural gas processing. GPA Midstream members also operate hundreds of thousands of miles of domestic gas gathering pipelines, in addition to pipelines involved with storing, transporting and marketing natural gas and NGLs.