After blast, DOT seeks tougher pipeline oversight
WASHINGTON -- 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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