House and Senate Committee Republican leaders today expressed concerns that the Biden Administration is putting its anti-pipeline agenda and policies ahead of the needs of the country and failing to implement key pipeline safety provisions in law as Congress intended.
In a letter to Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Acting Administrator Tristan Brown, the committee leaders listed inactions and missteps in the agency’s implementation of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020 (PIPES Act). The letter was sent by
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO); Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-MS); House Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick Crawford (R-AR); and Senate Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports Subcommittee Ranking Member Deb Fischer (R-NE).
The letter states, “Unfortunately, the actions of the Biden Administration have worked to disincentivize the construction and permitting of this essential infrastructure, which is necessary for transportation of traditional fossil fuel energy sources, as well as new and emerging fuels, such as carbon dioxide or hydrogen. Actions such as cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, rollback of the Trump Administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations and Navigable Waters Protection Rule, as well as this Administration’s strong anti-energy rhetoric have disincentivized future investments in pipeline infrastructure. A lack of pipeline infrastructure only further penalizes average Americans grappling with inflation and record high gasoline and energy prices. Given this Administration’s anti-pipeline policies and messaging, it is imperative that we ensure PHMSA implements the PIPES Act in an unbiased manner that focuses on pipeline safety as Congress intended.”
Concerns highlighted by Graves, Wicker, Crawford, and Fischer include:
Read the full letter here.
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