Reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act

Subject
Reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act
Venue
U.S. House of Representatives
Date of speech
March 16, 2006

TESTIMONY OF
JERYL L. MOHN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING
PANHANDLE ENERGY

ON BEHALF OF THE
INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

BEFORE THE
SUBCOMMITEE ON HIGHWAYS, TRANSIT AND PIPELINES
COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

REGARDING THE
REAUTHORIZATION OF THE PIPELINE SAFETY ACT

MARCH 16TH, 2006

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee:

Good morning.  My name is Jeryl Mohn, and I am Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering for Panhandle Energy.  I am testifying today on behalf of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).  INGAA represents the interstate and interprovencial natural gas pipeline industry in North America.  INGAA’s members transport over 90 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States, through a network of approximately 200,000 miles of transmission pipeline.  These transmission pipelines are analogous to the interstate highway system – in other words, large capacity systems spanning multiple states or regions.

Panhandle Energy, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a subsidiary of the Southern Union Company, and owns or holds a major ownership interest in five interstate pipelines and a liquefied natural gas import terminal.  Our pipelines serve a significant share of the markets in the Midwest, the Southwest including California, and Florida.  In addition, our Trunkline LNG terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana is one of the nation’s largest LNG import facilities.

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