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API Supports Pipeline Safety Reauthorization Bill

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WASHINGTON, June 3, 2019— The American Petroleum Institute issued a statement today applauding the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on the release of their Pipeline Safety Legislative proposals.

“API is pleased that PHMSA has released their Pipeline Safety Reauthorization proposal so that Congress can act to reauthorize this important safety program. Pipelines are the safest way to transport the energy Americans use every day, and in order to improve upon industry’s strong safety record and reach its goal of zero pipeline incidents, it is imperative that the industry, regulatory environment and PHMSA be positioned to meet current and future safety challenges,” said Robin Rorick, vice president of midstream and industry operations at API. “PHMSA’s legislative proposal is an important step in that direction, authorizing multi-year appropriations, providing pipeline operators with the flexibility to use the latest technologies in managing safety risks and modernizing outdated regulations to allow our industry to more effectively allocate resources to more impactful safety priorities. API will continue to work with Congress and the Administration in further developing a bill that is reflective of the industry’s priorities to effectively advance safety.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.