The bill [H.R.5120] aims to reinstate a languishing 2016 EPA final rule that set limitations on methane emissions across the natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline sector. A rollback to that rule had been slated, with comments having been due November 25. Concurring with the proposed legislation to counter the rollback, DeVille declared, “The EPA has a responsibility to defend the health and safety of American families like mine, and that means strengthening protections against methane pollution, not rolling them back.” SAFER stands for “Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Environmentally Responsible” in the proposed law designed as “comprehensive” pipeline legislation to improve safety and address climate change “by reducing emissions, preventing pipeline leaks, and holding pipeline operators accountable for reckless actions,” according to its sponsors. But they didn’t stop with introduction of the bill. On November 18, as tar-sands crude oil, or diluted bitumen (dilbit), again began gushing through TC Energy Corp.’s calamity-prone Keystone I Pipeline following its latest shutdown for a major leak, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-New Jersey) officially targeted the Canadian corporation for a federal investigation.
“This comprehensive legislation will help protect people, the environment and our climate from unsafe pipelines,” said Chairman Pallone. Check out bill highlights below 👇 pic.twitter.com/61QJXylFjF— Energy and Commerce Committee (@EnergyCommerce) November 15, 2019
Joined by Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Illinois) and Rep. Dan Lipinski, (D-Illinois), they requested the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an operator review of the entire Keystone Pipeline System as well as the agency that oversees it. The leaking dilbit, some 383,000 gallons (9,000-barrels) of toxic material, caused a shutdown of the Keystone I Pipeline after discovery of the damage to wetlands October 30, near Edinburg, located 75 miles northwest of Grand Forks, according to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality. The “Edinburg Incident”, as TC Energy Corp. dubbed the mishap in Walsh County, is the third major spill from the pipeline in as many years -- the twenty-first on the line since it opened in 2010.
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