Pipeline Safety: State and Local Perspectives, Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 18, 2015 [open pdf - 499KB]
This is the September 18, 2015 hearing on, "Pipeline Safety: State and Local Perspectives," held before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the opening statement of Deb Fischer: "Today's hearing will examine the importance of pipeline safety, particularly as it relates to rural areas. According to Pipeline Safety and Hazardous Materials Administrator (PHMSA), more than 2.5 million miles of pipelines cross through the United States. Half a million miles of pipeline transports natural gas, oil, and hazardous materials to critical infrastructure, including power plants, military bases, airports, or treatment facilities. Pipelines transport approximately 75 percent of our Nation's crude oil and 60 percent of our refined petroleum products. Accidents related to pipeline safety are often tremendous disasters that pose harm to the public and our sensitive natural resources. As many of you know, in 2011, a corroded pipeline spilled 63,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Montana. I understand that is not far from here. In 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, killing eight people, injuring 60 people, and destroying 37 homes. This year in Glendive, Montana, the Poplar Pipeline spilled nearly 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jon Tester, Marie Therese Dominguez, Todd Denton, John Ostlund, and Michelle Slyder.
S. Hrg. 114-255; Senate Hearing 114-255
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