WASHINGTON: The Association of Oil Pipelines (AOPL) has tapped Aker
Partners to coordinate a media campaign targeting members of the House,
where different versions of a bill on pipeline safety are competing for
Representing more than 50 interstate oil pipeline operators, the AOPL
wants to combat "negative and inaccurate" stories in the media. The
objective is to get the House to pass its preferred version of a
pipeline safety bill, which imposes less stringent guidelines.
According to the AOPL's director of public affairs Raymond Paul, "all
the bills give the Office of Pipeline Safety increased authority over
how, and how often pipelines are inspected, and what communicators'
efforts must be with local planning officials and with citizens who live
along the pipelines. But some of these bills are simply unworkable."