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Texas lawmaker pushes for pipeline safety after deadly gas leak explosion

Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia, D, filed a series of bills in January that aim to increase oversight of natural gas pipelines and boost transparency at the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), which oversees the state's utilities.

The proposals follow a deadly explosion related to a gas leak last year that killed a 12-year-old girl in Anchia's district. The bills would, among other things, require gas companies to inform customers within 72 hours if a leak is found within a quarter mile of their property.

Natural gas pipeline safety has been a growing concern for years, spurred by the deadly San Bruno disaster on PG&E's system in 2001, and more recently a series of explosions in Massachusetts in Columbia Gas' service territory.



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