I would like to commend all individuals involved in the recent legislative efforts at addressing pipeline safety. One individual who has been especially active is local Congressman Jay Inslee. He has been a strong proponent for a strong pipeline safety bill that is supported by not only local newspapers and environmental groups but also by the families of the victims of last year’s Bellingham tragedy.
Inslee’s bill would require mandatory pipeline inspections, enhanced disclosures of pipeline locations and pipeline dangers, and mandatory certification requirements for pipeline employees. These measures make sense. In fact, certification of pipeline operators could have prevented the recent spill of 35,000 gallons of oil.
On Election Day, I urge everyone to support Rep. Inslee and his insistence on real pipeline safety legislation.