House approves oil, gas pipeline safety bill

The bill authorizes federal pipeline rules through 2015, increases civil penalties against pipeline owners that violate safety rules, condition state-level funding on tougher measures to ensure people learn where certain lines may be before moving earth for construction, and authorizes $107 million for safety inspections.

It also allows the Secretary of the Interior to set a rule requiring automatic shutoff valves.

The bill is in large part a response to a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif., that killed eight people.

The bill is one of several non-controversial bills the House debated Monday evening; these others were expected to pass by roll call vote starting at 6:30 p.m.

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