By Ben Lefebvre, Politico (Nov. 30, 2023)
“Bill Caram, head of nonprofit pipeline safety watchdog Pipeline Safety Trust, said while his group appreciated the bipartisan support the bill received, it was still missing some provisions safety advocates had sought. In particular, the bill gives only “minimal direction” to PHMSA on developing rules on carbon dioxide and hydrogen pipeline safety, Caram said.
‘We hoped that given the strong incentives Congress has enacted leading to unprecedented new development of these pipelines, the committee would have directed PHMSA to develop modernized regulations to keep the public safe,’ Caram said by email. ‘We still have a long way to go to eliminate the hazards from our nation’s pipelines, but this legislation would take some positive steps.'”