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Murray Statement on Congressional Passage of Pipeline Safety Legislation

Nov 15 2002

After more than three years of work, Murray-McCain set to become law

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Early this morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Murray-McCain Pipeline Safety Bill, sending the legislation to President Bush who is expected to sign it into law. Congressional passage of the legislation is testament to the more than three years of tireless work by Senator Murray to raise the issue of pipeline safety to the national stage, and is a huge victory for families and communities throughout the country who live and work close to pipelines.

Murray released the following statement on this important legislative accomplishment:

"Today, families in Washington state and across the country can breathe easier knowing that the pipelines near their schools, offices and homes will now be subject to tough, new safety standards. After three long years of work in the Senate, we have finally enacted legislation that will protect our communities from senseless tragedy.

The Murray-McCain bill means significant new improvements in training and qualifications of our pipeline personnel, in inspection and prevention practices, in tough penalties for people who violate these standards, and in the states' abilities to expand their safety activities.

I am very proud to have been involved in the process of increasing the safety of our nation's pipelines. It has been a long and difficult road, but today's action is a victory for families in Bellingham and across the country who will now be protected against future tragedy due to unsafe pipelines."