Barbara Tetreault, Berlin Daily Sun, Sept. 15, 2014:
“…Audubon Society Legislative Coordinator Sheridan Brown said the three bills that deal with pipeline safety were thoughtful legislation and ‘not window dressing’.
Senate Bill 325, sponsored by State Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton, gives the N.H. Department of Environmental Services rulemaking authority to impose oil spill preparedness and response requirements upon pipeline operators that are more stringent than those under federal law.
House Bill 1224 requires the N.H. Public Utilities Commission to seek certification from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and take over inspections of interstate oil pipelines in the state including the Portland-Montreal pipeline.
House Bill 1376, sponsored by Rep. Marcia Hammon of Whitefield, establishes a legislative committee to study the safe delivery of oil and gas, including natural gas and propane, throughout the state.
‘These three bills really complement each other quite well and set us ahead of other states,’ said Brown.”