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Two Molinaro-Authored Pipeline Safety Bills Advance to House Floor With Bipartisan Support

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) today announced two measures he authored passed out of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and will advance to the House Floor as part of the Pipeline Efficiency and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2023.

New York’s 19th Congressional District is home to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines that provide energy and heat to communities across the region, including dense metropolitans like Binghamton. The bipartisan PIPES Act reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) pipeline safety programs for the next four years, and with Rep. Molinaro’s measures, provides an efficient and effective framework to advance the safety of energy infrastructure.

Rep. Molinaro said, “Gas pipelines heat our homes, power our lives, and propel our economy. They’re a necessity – which is why we must have high pipeline safety standards. I’m proud this bill passed with two of my measures, advanced with bipartisan support, and is reflective of my mission to safeguard the environment, and unlock American energy to drive costs down.”

Rep. Sam Graves, Chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said, 

“Congressman Molinaro played an instrumental role in developing this bipartisan bill, and his contributions will ensure that our pipeline network is both safer and better prepared to transport our energy resources.”

Summaries of Rep. Molinaro’s legislation, which passed as part of the bipartisan PIPES Act, can be found here:

1) The Voluntary Information-Sharing System Act is a bipartisan bill that will prevent future gas pipeline leaks and enhance environmental protections.

2) The Hydrogen Safety and Environmental Responsibility Act is a bipartisan bill that requires PHMSA to permit the use of composite materials for pipeline transportation. These materials are used to transport clean, hydrogen and hydrogen blended with natural gas, but are not currently authorized for use.