Federal agency says new rules needed for oil and gas pipelines

Columbus Business First reports a federal agency says that oil and natural gas production is outpacing pipeline construction and regulation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) needs to consider making new rules to address the issue. The newspaper says that was one of the conclusions in a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on oil and gas infrastructure, including pipelines, railroads and trucks. The GAO report says the DOT began looking at safety regulations for pipelines in 2011, but didn’t propose new standards. Since then pipeline construction has increased significantly, including in Ohio where oil and natural gas production is soaring. For more, read the full story.

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