Statement by the Vice President
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                              Contact: James E.
Thursday, September 7, 2000                                 (202) 456-7035


     I commend the Senate for taking action today on the important issue of
pipeline safety.  And I urge the House to take up pipeline safety
legislation soon, so that we can enact a strong, new pipeline safety law
before the end of the year.  The tragic accidents that occurred near
Carlsbad, New Mexico, and in Bellingham, Washington, underscore the need
for an enhanced federal pipeline safety program.

     This Administration will continue to work with Congress to enact a
strong pipeline safety law this year. Such a law must establish better
standards for the inspection, testing and maintenance of our Nation?s
pipelines, backed by rigorous enforcement, effective state-federal
partnerships, adequate resources, and the best technology achievable.  We
must also guarantee every community?s right to know where these pipelines
are and how well they are being operated and maintained.

     We must enact strong pipeline safety legislation this year, so that
everyone can live in safer communities and a healthier environment.


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