|Posted:||February 8, 2019 03:42 PM|
|From:||Senator Andrew E. Dinniman|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Hazardous Liquid Pipelines Moratorium Act|
|Federal and state regulations on hazardous liquids pipelines have not adequately protected our citizens or our natural resources. Within just the past two years, hazardous liquids pipeline construction has impacted the environment and water of the Commonwealth over 70 times, as well as the private water wells of citizens. Hazardous liquids pipeline projects are only going to become more frequent, giving the General Assembly little time to improve the oversight and management of these projects.
I will soon introduce legislation that will restrict the Public Utility Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection from permitting and licensing any hazardous liquids pipelines in the Commonwealth for the next two years, giving the General Assembly the necessary time to strengthen oversight of these projects. Similar legislation has passed in both South Carolina and Georgia by an overwhelming majority, a testament to the importance strengthening state-level regulations.
I hope you will join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation that will give us time to better regulate hazardous liquids pipeline projects in the interest of environmental and public safety.
Introduced as SB443