After blast, DOT seeks tougher pipeline oversight

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Obama administration is seeking tighter oversight of the nation's pipelines and stronger penalties for violations of pipeline safety rules after a deadly explosion in California.

The legislation was submitted to Congress Wednesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The proposal follows several major pipeline accidents. A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas pipeline explosion last week killed at least four people in suburban San Francisco and destroyed or severely damaged dozens of homes.

An oil spill from a pipeline owned by a Canadian company near Marshal, Mich., sent an estimated 820,000 to 1 million gallons spewing into the Kalamazoo River in late July.

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