“I will be asking a lot of the questions I’ve been hearing from people for the past couple of years,” Peters said.
Peters said he scheduled the field hearing in
“Regulatory safety of the pipeline is very different than whether the pipeline should even exist,” Kirkwood said. “This is a hazard. This is a ticking time bomb ready to go.”
Peters is the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. He said the
“He runs the federal agency responsible for pipeline safety across the nation,” Peters said.
Others expected to testify during Monday’s hearing include
Murk said his industry agency strives to advise pipeline operating companies in safety protocols and culture, use of technology in equipment integrity management and also best practices. The goal is pipeline safety across the board, he said.
“From an industry standpoint, getting to zero incidents is our priority,” Murk said. “It’s all about prevention for us.”
Peters said he intends to spend significant time during the field hearing discussing the anchor strike on
The senator said he hopes the field hearing will help clarify which agency has authorization to shut down the pipeline when there is an imminent threat, and what can be defined as an imminent threat.
The field hearing is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to begin at
Witness testimony and opening statements will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov online.
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