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Murray Applauds House Passage of Pipeline Safety Legislation

Jul 23 2002

Praises Rick Larsen's efforts in shepherding bill's passage

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today applauded the House of Representatives for finally passing pipeline safety legislation.

Murray singled out Congressman Rick Larsen for his tireless efforts and ability to get the House to pass legislation important to Washington state and the nation.

Statement by Senator Murray:

"After more than two years, the U.S. House of Representatives has finally acted in the best interests of communities across the country by passing pipeline safety legislation. Today's action by the House puts us on track to protect families in Washington state and across the country by improving pipeline inspections and practices, and incorporating essential state oversight of pipeline testing.

Most importantly, it allows Congress to go to conference with the Senate legislation, which is the toughest pipeline safety bill ever to pass either body of Congress.

Representative Rick Larsen deserves enormous credit for the House action. His perseverance pushed the bill through committee, and his leadership strengthened the bill with a number of tough new safeguards. Thanks to Rick's hard work and dedication, our communities will soon get the protections and safeguards that are so critically needed.

It has been three years since the Bellingham tragedy. It has also been more than two years since I introduced the first comprehensive pipeline safety legislation in the Senate. The Senate has passed legislation three times, and approved a bill in each of the last two sessions of Congress. Today's action by the House puts us closer than ever to ensuring the safety of all our communities.

I will ask to be a conferee and will continue to monitor the legislation as it goes to a conference committee. My sincerest hope is to ensure that no community ever again has to face a tragedy like the one that occurred in Bellingham."