The head of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Thursday that the federal government needs to do more to regulate underground gas storage facilities such as the one located near Porter Ranch that leaked for more than 100 days.
The agency's administrator, Marie Therese Dominguez, told the House Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials that the agency doesn't have the authority to make emergency rules for safety reasons, like other safety agencies do. Instead, it has to go through a process that can take more than two years.
“We have to go through the rule-making process,” Dominguez said.