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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2018 09:36 AM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion and Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Establishing Commission to Study Pipeline Construction and Operations
In the near future, we will be introducing legislation that would establish a special bipartisan legislative commission to recommend safety, oversight and interagency coordination improvements for the transport of oil, natural gas and other hazardous liquids through pipelines in this Commonwealth.

Natural gas and oil extraction has increased dramatically over the last decade in the Commonwealth resulting in the construction of new pipeline infrastructure to transport hazardous liquids, gases and other byproducts in large quantities through the most sensitive areas of Pennsylvania. As such, many communities in the Commonwealth have experienced the negative aspects associated with pipeline construction. Our communities now face increased safety risks due to these high pressure pipelines being situated in close proximity to homes, schools and population centers. The construction of pipelines has also resulted in hundreds of environmental and safety violations along with the contamination of private water wells and public waterways.

These incidents and safety concerns have demonstrated a clear need for exploring measures which will improve management, increase safety and provide for more comprehensive oversight of pipeline construction and operations.

This legislation will be similar to SR 373 of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session which was introduced by Senator Rafferty and Senator Dinniman and co-sponsored by the following Senators: McGarrigle, Killion, Folmer, Costa, Schwank, Brewster, Mensch and Aument. SR 373 was favorably reported out of the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, but was not considered by the full Senate prior to the last scheduled voting Session day.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SR33