2006 Reauthorization of the Office of Pipeline Safety

Testimonies before the Highways, Transit, and Pipelines Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House on March 16th, 2006

Pipeline Safety Trust The Pipeline Safety Trust promotes fuel transportation safety through education and advocacy, by increasing access to information, and by building partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, that result in safer communities and a healthier environment.
Carl Weimer’s Testimony-Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust

Cook Inlet Keeper Cook Inlet Keeper is a citizen-based, non-profit group dedicated to protecting Alaska’s Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains.
Lois Epstein’s Testimony– Pipeline Engineer

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration- PHMSAThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has public responsibilities for safe and secure movement of hazardous materials to industry and consumers by all transportation modes, including the nation’s pipelines.
Brigham A. McCown’s Testimony- Acting Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

The Government Accountability Office- GAO Investigative arm of Congress charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds.
Kate Siggerud’s Testimony– Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues

National Transportation Safety Board- NTSB The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating significant pipeline accidents and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. The Safety Board determines the probable cause of pipeline accidents involving a fatality or substantial property damage as well as releases of hazardous materials in all forms of transportation.
Bob Chipkevich’s Testimony– National Transportation Safety Board, Director, Office of Railroad, Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety

Department of Transportation’s Inspector General-DOT’s OIG The Office of Inspector General (OIG) works within the Department of Transportation to promote effectiveness and head off, or stop, waste, fraud and abuse in departmental programs. We do this through audits and investigations. OIG also consults with the Congress about programs in progress and proposed new laws and regulations.
Todd J. Zinser’s Testimony– Acting Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America- INGAA- INGAA is a non-profit trade association representing North American interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipeline companies.
Jeryl L. Mohn’s Testimony– Senior Vice President, Operations & Engineering, Panhandle Energy; On behalf of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

The American Gas Association- AGA- The AGA advocates the interests of its members and their customers, and provides information and services promoting efficient demand and supply growth and operational excellence in the safe, reliable and efficient delivery of natural gas.
E. Frank Bender’s Testimony– Vice President, Gas Distribution and New Business Division, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company; On behalf of American Gas Association and the American Public Gas Association

 Association of Oil Pipelines-AOPL The AOPL acts as an information clearinghouse for the public, the media and the pipeline industry; Provides coordination and leadership for the industry’s ongoing Joint Environmental Safety Initiative; Represents common carrier crude and product petroleum pipelines in Congress, before regulatory agencies, and in the federal courts.
Michael N. Mears’ Testimony– Vice President of Transportation, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.; On behalf of the American Association of Oil Pipelines and the American Petroleum Institute

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners- NARUC – NARUC’s mission is to serve the public interest by improving the quality and effectiveness of public utility regulation. Under State law, NARUC’s members have the obligation to ensure the establishment and maintenance of utility services as may be required by the public convenience and necessity, and to ensure that such services are provided at rates and conditions that are just, reasonable and nondiscriminatory for all consumers.
Donald L. Mason’s Testimony– Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; Chair, NARUC Committee on Gas