New regulations on pipeline safety are scaled back
BILLINGS, Mont. — President Barack Obama’s administration scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States on Friday, after oil industry complaints that proposed changes would cost companies billions of dollars.
The long-delayed regulations will be subject to review by Congress and the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who was highly critical on the campaign trail of regulations that hinder energy development.
If the changes stand, pipeline companies will be required to conduct more rigorous inspections of lines in rural areas and install leak detection systems that are meant to speed up emergency response times when accidents occur. An earlier proposal for companies to immediately repair cracks and other problems in their lines was dropped, drawing criticism from safety advocates.