NSPE Presses Congress on Pipeline Safety

Date: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

NSPE is urging members of Congress to act on pipeline safety so gas line explosions, like the one in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, don’t happen and harm more people.

In comments to the Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on June 19, NSPE expressed strong support for the Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act, and advocated for professional engineers to be in responsible charge of public utility pipeline activities that affect public safety. Removing the engineering licensing exemption for public utility pipelines is an important step in protecting the public from future incidents similar to the Merrimack Valley pipeline explosion.

NSPE comments were in response to the subcommittee’s hearing on Legislative Solutions to Make Our Nation’s Pipelines Safer. NSPE worked with subcommittee staff to enter these comments into the public record.

NSPE government relations staff continues to work with congressional staff on this issue in pursuit of ending PE licensing exemptions that exist across the country.