Pipeline Safety, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, June 15, 2004   [open pdf - 8MB]

This is the June 15, 2004 hearing on 'Pipeline Safety' held before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The purpose of this hearing was to assess the safety of the United States pipeline infrastructure. From the opening statement of Senator John McCain: "The purpose of today's hearing is to understand how the Act is working, whether the Office of Pipeline Safety is on schedule to meet the Act's implementation requirements, and to learn whether Congress needs to do more in this area. Pipelines carry most of the natural gas and oil transported in the United States and are one of the safest modes of transportation, representing less than two/ one-hundredths of 1 percent of the total number of transportation fatalities on an annual basis, yet pipeline accidents, when they do occur, can result in significant fatalities, injuries, and damage to the environment, as was demonstrated by the accidents in Bellingham, Washington, in 1999, and Carlsbad, New Mexico, in the year 2000." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Samuel G, Bonasso, James L. Connaughton, Kenneth M. Mead, Katherine Siggerud, Marc Spitzer, Patty Murray, Barry Pearl, Earl Fischer, Robert T. Howard.

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