US SB2299 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress


Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Engrossed on August 14 2020 - 50% progression
Action: 2020-08-14 - Held at the desk.
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]


PIPES Act of 2020 Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020 This bill addresses pipeline safety and infrastructure. It authorizes appropriations through FY2023 for specified pipeline safety programs under the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 and related enactments. Among other things, the bill requires fees for compliance reviews of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities; authorizes the establishment of limited safety-enhancing testing programs to evaluate innovative technologies and operational practices testing the safe operation of natural gas or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities; sets forth requirements for idled natural or other gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines; updates the standards for LNG facilities; establishes the National Center of Excellence for Liquefied Natural Gas Safety and Training to include a repository of information on best practices relating to LNG operations; requires each distribution integrity plan developed by an operator of a gas distribution pipeline to include the risks from the presence of cast iron pipes and mains and risks that may result from the operation of a low-pressure distribution system; directs operators to establish protocols for communicating with fire, police, and other relevant public officials after a disaster that includes fires, explosions, or one or more fatalities; and requires procedural manuals for operations, maintenance, and emergencies to include certain written procedures.

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PIPES Act of 2020 Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2020



2020-08-14HouseHeld at the desk.
2020-08-14HouseReceived in the House.
2020-08-11SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
2020-08-06SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S5337-5345)
2020-08-06SenateS.Amdt.2642 Amendment SA 2642 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
2020-08-06SenateS.Amdt.2642 Amendment SA 2642 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Wicker. (consideration: CR S5354; text: CR S5337-5345) In the nature of a substitute.
2020-08-06SenateThe committee substitute withdrawn by Unanimous Consent. (CR S5354)
2020-08-06SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S5348-5354)
2020-02-13SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 427.
2020-02-13SenateCommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Wicker with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 116-217.
2019-07-31SenateCommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
2019-07-25SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Same As/Similar To

HB2139 (Related) 2019-04-09 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy.
SB1097 (Related) 2019-04-09 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.


Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Administrative remedies
Advanced technology and technological innovations
Congressional oversight
Department of Transportation
Disaster relief and insurance
Drug, alcohol, tobacco use
Due process and equal protection
Emergency communications systems
Emergency planning and evacuation
Energy storage, supplies, demand
Environmental technology
First responders and emergency personnel
Government buildings, facilities, and property
Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
Government studies and investigations
Government trust funds
Hazardous wastes and toxic substances
Intergovernmental relations
Oil and gas
Pollution liability
Public utilities and utility rates
Research and development
State and local government operations
Transportation and public works
Transportation employees
Transportation safety and security
User charges and fees
Worker safety and health

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