Creating Uniform Safety Standards for Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 29, 2016 at 1:29 PM
This week, I submitted a resolution supporting US House of Representatives Bill 4429, the Natural Gas Leak Prevention Act of 2016, authored by Congressman Steve Knight, to create minimum uniform safety standards for the operation, environmental protection, and integrity management of underground natural gas storage facilities.
Current Federal law fails to define “underground natural gas storage facility” and fails to establish standard safety guidelines for such facilities. HR 4429 (Knight) would require the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the heads of relevant Federal agencies, to create minimum uniform safety standards for the operation, environmental protection, and integrity management of underground natural gas storage facilities, within two years of the bill’s enactment.
HR 4429 would define an underground natural gas storage facility as a gas pipeline facility that stores gas in an underground facility, including a depleted hydrocarbon reservoir, an aquifer reservoir, or a solution mined salt cavern reservoir. It would also require that a fee be imposed on all entities operating an underground storage facility, to be deposited in an underground natural gas storage facility safety account within the Pipeline Safety Fund, for use on activities related to underground storage safety.
Click here to view resolution.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District