Yesterday, Charles Dippo, vice president of South Jersey Gas and chairman of the American Gas Association (AGA) Operating Section, testified on behalf of AGA in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power at a hearing focused on the pipeline safety oversight proposed in the Senate’s Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011, S. 275.
In short, the bill prescribes or revises requirements for safety and environmental protection in pipeline transportation.
Dippo was joined by industry experts: Andrew Black, from the American Petroleum Institute (API), Christopher Helms of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), Carl Weimer of the Pipeline Safety Trust, and Anthony Swift of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Also testifying was the Honorable Cynthia Quarterman, Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
In Dippo’s written testimony he emphasized AGA and the industry’s continued dedication to upholding and advancing safety standards. He noted that this commitment is exemplified by the recent principles adopted by the AGA Board of Directors for responsible natural gas resource development. Dippo explained that these principles “address a foundation for the sustainable and responsible development of all natural gas resources in our country and underscore the commitment of local natural gas utilities to the communities they serve.” AGA is committed to safe practices throughout the entire lifecycle of the natural gas industry—from wellhead to burner tip.
All members of Congress in attendance acknowledged the importance of continued focus on pipeline safety and all expressed strong support for the bill—it’s encouraging to know that Congress supports the industry’s commitment to safety. We look forward to continued work with Congress to
The natural gas industry delivers natural gas through 2.4 million miles of transmission and distribution pipelines, which provides service to more than 175 million Americans every day, and AGA looks forward to continued work with Congress and other stakeholders to ensure the continued advancement of the safe and reliable delivery of this foundation fuel.