Federal/ State Legislation

On June 22, 2011, the House Homeland Security Committee is expected to conduct a mark-up of HR 901, the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Security (CFATS) Authorization Act of 2011. HR 901 would reauthorize the CFATS program through FY 2018 without burdensome mandates of so-called “inherently safer technology” (IST).

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a pipeline safety oversight hearing on June 16, 2011, focusing on Pipeline Safety Act reauthorization issues. The Subcommittee and witnesses generally indicated favorable support for Senate bill 275, Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011 (Lautenberg-Rockefeller), and the Subcommittee is expected to issue its

Congressional funding for PHMSA must be reviewed and renewed every four years, which typically results in some legislative amendments as part of reauthorization. The last reauthorization was in 2006 (PIPES Act), thus 2010 is a reauthorization year. The first Congressional hearings on reauthorization began in the House on May 24 (notably after the Gulf spill