67th Girls Nation Congress
To mandate annual physical inspections by government certified and trained inspectors (by SMART PIGS and/or MFL).
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Frueauff and Hutton of Arkansas introduced the following bill; which was referred to Committee .
To mandate annual physical inspections of oil pipelines by government certified and trained inspectors (inspection including SMART PIGS and/or MFL).
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1: TITLE
This act may be cited as the "Pipeline Environmental Protection Act".
SECTION 2: PURPOSE
The "Pipeline Environmental Protection Act" will ensure that the maintenance of oil pipelines is well kept and that the people and environment on and around oil pipelines will be protected by being informed.
SECTION 3: DEFINITIONS
Oil pipelines refer to large distribution pipes used to transport oil.
For a person to be informed they have or have shown knowledge of a particular subject or situation.
The environment shall be defined as the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
An intelligent pipeline inspection gauges (PIG), or SMART PIG, includes electronics and sensors that collects various forms of data during the trip through the pipeline.The electronics are sealed to prevent leakage of the pipeline product into the electronics since products can range from highly basic to highly acidic and can be of extremely high temperature.
Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) is a magnetic method of nondestructive testing that is used to detect corrosion and pitting in steel structures, most commonly pipelines and storage tanks.
An inspector is an official employed to ensure that regulations are obeyed, and has been trained properly by designated overseer, in this case, the PHMSA.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is the PHMSA.
SECTION 4: PIPELINE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT
The Pipeline Environmental Protection Act entails that:
(A) All oil pipelines shall be required to conduct annual physical inspections of oil pipelines by
government certified and trained inspectors (inspection including SMART PIGS and/or
(1) After inspection, if problem is noted by inspector, the company has 6 months to fix
problem noted by inspector.
(a) If not fixed within a 6 months, the company will be fined 2.5% of their annual
(b) Proceeds from the fine will then to go to further fund PHMSA inspections.
(B) If oil is found outside the pipeline, before or after the inspection, notification to residents near
or on oil pipelines, within a five mile radius, shall be required by executive/owner(s) of said
company by using the existing 411 emergency notification systems.
(1) If the company does not comply the company will be fined 2.5% of annual revenue.
(2) Proceeds from the fine will go to further fund PHMSA inspections.
(C ) This act applies to ALL oil pipelines in the United States private oil pipelines and
non-private oil pipelines.
(D ) This act shall be enforced by the federal government.
SECTION 5: EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective for all companies using oil pipelines in the United States on/or after January 1, 2014.
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