Lipinski Holds First Hearing as Chairman of Congressional Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials (April 2, 2019)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) will preside over his first hearing today as chairman of The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

Lipinski will hold the gavel during a hearing titled, “Pipeline Safety: Reviewing the Status of Mandates and Examining Additional Safety Needs.” The hearing will examine the status of several unfinished safety rulemakings that Congress mandated in previous pipeline safety reauthorizations, as well as the safety of the nation’s gas and hazardous liquid pipelines and ways to improve it.

“Today’s hearing is particularly important given the recent spate of pipeline incidents, both liquid and gas, that we have seen in recent years,” Lipinski said. “I look forward to hearing from safety advocates about the safety gaps they believe exist and need to be addressed.  “It’s important to ensure that robust emergency management and information sharing plans and procedures are in place should something go wrong like it did in my district in Romeoville, when a pipeline spilled more than 6,427 barrels of oil in 2010.”

Lipinski’s subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes all federal laws and programs regulating the safety of gas and liquid pipelines. Today’s hearing will include testimony from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; Accufacts, Inc.; the American Petroleum Institute; the Association of Oil Pipe Lines; the Environmental Defense Fund; the International Association of Fire Chiefs; and, the Pipeline Safety Trust.

“As chairman, I will continue working to advance policies that prioritize pipeline safety, a cleaner environment, and job creation,” Lipinski said. “I look forward to conducting oversight on these and other matters of national concern throughout the 116th Congress.” 

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