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Senate Passes Gas Pipeline Safety Bill Doubling Fines Washington-The senate has given final approval to a bill that doubles the maximum fine for pipeline safety violations and adds penalties for obstructing safety investigations.

By: Joan Lowy

WASHINGTON - The Senate has given final approval to a bill that doubles the maximum fine for pipeline safety violations and adds penalties for obstructing safety investigations.

The compromise bill cleared the Senate Tuesday by a voice vote and now goes to the White House. The House approved the same measure on Monday.

Safety advocates said the measure is a modest step forward because it ignores several key recommendations arising from investigations of a 2010 gas pipeline explosion in California that killed eight people and two recent high-profile oil spills.

The bill doubles the maximum fine for safety violations to $2 million and authorizes the hiring of 10 more federal safety inspectors - far fewer than sought by safety advocates.

Supporters said the bill improves safety without overburdening industry with unnecessary regulation.

SOURCE:Associated Press

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