MSC Statement on Pennsylvania, Federal Pipeline Safety Measures

Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) President Kathryn Z. Klaber today released the following statement on pipeline safety legislation authored by Pennsylvania State Rep. Matthew Baker and signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett and a federal pipeline safety bill authored by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster and sent to the President earlier this month:

“The American natural gas industry values the safety of our workforce and our communities above all – from the initial development of the resource to the delivery of this clean-burning fuel to consumers.  Rep. Baker’s and Rep. Shuster’s measures establish important safety standards for Pennsylvanians and all Americans, preserve competitive markets, and further encourage the development of our nation’s shale gas resources.  Passage of these bills is yet another unmistakable sign of the sustainability of the natural gas industry here in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.”

The MSC testified in favor of Rep. Baker’s legislation in a Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing in February.  Separately, the U.S. Congress has passed the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 with broad bipartisan support.  The legislation has been sent to the White House where it is awaiting the President’s signature.

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