CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 484 will be considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) on May 21, 2009.
H.Res. 484 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the designation of National Pipeline Safety Day;
• "Encourages State and local governments to observe the day with appropriate activities that promote pipeline safety;
• "Encourages all pipeline safety stakeholders to use this day to create greater public awareness of all the advancements that can lead to even greater pipeline safety; and
• "Encourages individuals across the Nation to become more aware of the pipelines that run through our communities and do what they can to encourage safe practices and damage prevention."
According to the resolution's findings, there are more than 2 million miles of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the United States operated by over 3,000 companies. These pipelines play an important role in the lives of Americans by delivering energy. Congress has recently passed new pipeline safety regulations in the form of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 and the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006. June 10, 2009, is the tenth anniversary of a Bellingham, Washington, pipeline explosion which killed two boys and a young man and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and economic disruption.