Baucus, Tester Introduce Pipeline Safety Transparency Bill
Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester introduced legislation this week to address gaps in pipeline safety oversight and transparency that came to light as a result of the recent oil spills in Montana’s Yellowstone River and Cut Bank Creek. The bill also makes sure affected communities have a voice in oil spill cleanup processes by making sure local official have a seat at the table. The Baucus-Tester Pipeline Safety Bill seeks to increase safety and transparency in pipeline oversight by: Modernizing pipeline safety regulations based on best available data, with a specific focus on floods, Increasing transparency and guaranteeing local governments like Yellowstone County a stronger voice in spill cleanup.