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Legislation aims to lift domestic pipe use

Keywords: Tags  Pennsylvania, Sen. James R. Brewster, well drilling, Senate, steel, Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, oil and gas Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — A Pennsylvania senator has introduced three bills that could boost domestic pipe consumption in oil and gas exploration.

"We know the quality and the safety of tubular products made in the States. We don’t know the quality of product that’s being produced (in foreign countries) and dumped in the United States," Sen. James R. Brewster told AMM Aug. 19, saying that the safety of residents in Pennsylvania and other Marcellus shale-producing states was the impetus for the legislation.

The first bill (S.B.1458) mandates the use of U.S.-made steel in "casings or other safety devices" for well drilling.

A second bill (S.B.1459) would boost the use of U.S.-made steel in natural gas gathering lines by requiring that "any construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement or maintenance of gathering lines that requires use of steel products shall only use steel products produced in the United States."

A third bill (S.B.1460) calls for the introduction of a centralized, publicly accessible database of steel used in well drilling. "In determining the country of origin ... for a product containing both foreign and United States steel, the product shall be determined to be a United States steel product only if at least 75 percent of the cost of the articles, materials and supplies have been mined, produced or manufactured in the United States," the bill said.

S.B.1458 and S.B.1460 were referred to the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, while the other bill was referred to the state Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

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