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1999

REAUTHORIZATION OF THE NATURAL GAS AND HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS PIPELINE SAFETY PROGRAM

(106–30)

HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND PIPELINE TRANSPORTATION

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON

TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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ONE HUNDRED SIXTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

JULY 27, 1999

Printed for the use of the

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

BUD SHUSTER, Pennsylvania, Chairman

DON YOUNG, Alaska
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin
SHERWOOD L. BOEHLERT, New York
HERBERT H. BATEMAN, Virginia
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
THOMAS W. EWING, Illinois
WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland
STEPHEN HORN, California
BOB FRANKS, New Jersey
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JOHN L. MICA, Florida
JACK QUINN, New York
TILLIE K. FOWLER, Florida
VERNON J. EHLERS, Michigan
SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama
STEVEN C. LaTOURETTE, Ohio
SUE W. KELLY, New York
RAY LaHOOD, Illinois
RICHARD H. BAKER, Louisiana
CHARLES F. BASS, New Hampshire
ROBERT W. NEY, Ohio
JACK METCALF, Washington
EDWARD A. PEASE, Indiana
ASA HUTCHINSON, Arkansas
MERRILL COOK, Utah
JOHN COOKSEY, Lousiana
JOHN R. THUNE, South Dakota
FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
JERRY MORAN, Kansas
JOHN T. DOOLITTLE, California
LEE TERRY, Nebraska
DON SHERWOOD, Pennsylvania
GARY G. MILLER, California
JOHN E. SWEENEY, New York
JIM DeMINT, South Carolina
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DOUG BEREUTER, Nebraska
STEVEN T. KUYKENDALL, California
MICHAEL K. SIMPSON, Idaho
JOHNNY ISAKSON, Georgia
DAVID VITTER, Louisiana

JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
ROBERT A. BORSKI, Pennsylvania
WILLIAM O. LIPINSKI, Illinois
ROBERT E. WISE, Jr., West Virginia
JAMES A. TRAFICANT, Jr., Ohio
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
BOB CLEMENT, Tennessee
JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of Columbia
JERROLD NADLER, New York
PAT DANNER, Missouri
ROBERT MENENDEZ, New Jersey
CORRINE BROWN, Florida
JAMES A. BARCIA, Michigan
BOB FILNER, California
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
FRANK MASCARA, Pennsylvania
GENE TAYLOR, Mississippi
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JUANITA MILLENDER-McDONALD, California
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon
MAX SANDLIN, Texas
ELLEN O. TAUSCHER, California
BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey
LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania
NICK LAMPSON, Texas
JOHN ELIAS BALDACCI, Maine
MARION BERRY, Arkansas
RONNIE SHOWS, Mississippi
BRIAN BAIRD, Washington
SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada

Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Transportation

BOB FRANKS, New Jersey, Chairman
JOHN COOKSEY, Louisiana, Vice Chairman
THOMAS W. EWING, Illinois
STEVEN C. LaTOURETTE, Ohio
BUD SHUSTER, Pennsylvania
  (Ex Officio)
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ROBERT E. WISE, Jr., West Virginia
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of Columbia
RONNIE SHOWS, Mississippi
JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
  (Ex Officio)

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CONTENTS
TESTIMONY
    Ball, Steven, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Williams Energy Services, Representing the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and the American Petroleum Institute

    Carey, Willard S., Regulatory Leader-Federal, Public Service Electric and Gas Company, Representing the American Gas Association

    Coyner, Kelley S., Administrator, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation Accompanied by Richard B. Felder, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

    Hall, James E., Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, Accompanied by Bob Chipkevich, Director, Office of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety, and Barry Sweedler, Director, Office of Safety Recommendations, National Transportation Safety Board
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    Holmes, Edward J., Vice Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission, Representing the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives, Accompanied by William H. Bowker, Director, Division of Engineering, Kentucky Public Service Commission

     Metcalf, Hon. Jack, a Representative in Congress from Washington

    Zurcher, John S., Manager, Pipeline Safety, Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, representing the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

PREPARED STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY A MEMBER OF CONGRESS

     Metcalf, Hon. Jack, of Washington

PREPARED STATEMENTS SUBMITTED BY WITNESSES

    Ball, Steven

    Carey, Willard S

    Coyner, Kelley S

    Hall, James E

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    Holmes, Edward J

    Zurcher, John S

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE RECORD

    Ball, Steven, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Williams Energy Services, Representing the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and the American Petroleum Institute:

Report, Allegro Energy Group, Cheryl J. Trench, President, The U.S. Oil Pipeline Industry's Safety Performance, May 1999
Report, Allegro Energy Group, Cheryl J. Trench, President, The Environmental and Safety Programs of Oil Pipeline Companies: A Prevention Ethic, July 1999
Report, Beyond Compliance: Creating a Responsible Regulatory Environment that Promotes Excellence, Innovation, and Efficiency, May 1999

    Hall, James E., Chairman, National Safety Transportation Board:

Response to a question from Rep. Franks concerning the qualification of pipeline personnel
Response to a question from Rep. Franks concerning user fee taxes

    Zurcher, John S., Manager, Pipeline Safety, Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, representing the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America:

Chart, The Natural Gas Industry
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Transportation-Related Fatalities 1997
INGAA Board Safety Task Force Action Plan 1994
Total Number of Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Accidents, by cause 1994-1997
Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Accident Summary 1990-1997

ADDITIONS TO THE RECORD

    Association of Oil Pipe Lines, Benjamin S. Cooper, Executive Director, statement and attachments
    Cascade Columbia Alliance, statement
    Lewis, Hon. John, a Representative in Congress from Georgia, statement
    Lott, Hon. Trent, a U.S. Senator from Mississippi, statement
    The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Bruce A. Stein, Senior Advisor for Science, statement
    Tate, Herbert H., Jr., President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, statement
    Wise Use Movement, David E. Ortman, statement and attachments

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