Exhibiting unusual bipartisanship in this Congress, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power began reviewing draft language for the Pipeline Infrastructure & Community Protection Act of 2011. \u201cIt\u2019s impossible to conclude pipeline safety laws are working,\u201d said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) July 13. His comment was in the context of last year\u2019s San Bruno natural gas explosion and the early July ExxonMobil oil leak into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Currently, the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement & Safety Act of 2006 (PIPES) has authorization levels that expired last year. As the U.S. Department of Transportation\u2019s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is largely funded by user fees, safety inspections continue. Committee chair Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) said he plans for Congress to vote on the bill by the end of the year. The discussion draft of the bill includes: -Increasing civil penalties for major violations from $100,000\/violation to $250,000\/violation, with a maximum of $2.5 million. Such a violation involves one or more fatalities. -Requiring automatic and remote-controlled shutoff valves. -Making monthly inspection data available to the public. -Authorizing $2 million\/year for state damage prevention programs and $1 million\/year for \u201cone-call notification\u201d for states. \u201cThere are a couple things not in the bill that need to be addressed,\u201d said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). San Bruno is in Speier\u2019s district. She said the items include un-grandfathering all pipelines installed before 1970. Those pipes are \u201cnot subject to the same scrutiny as newer pipes,\u201d she explained. Speier said both residents near transmission pipelines and first responders must be notified where the pipes lay, and that if there\u2019s no paperwork on the pipes, they need to be hydrostatically tested. She noted to the subcommittee that one-third of Pacific Gas & Electric\u2019s gas pipelines have no paperwork. Safety Administration administrator Cynthia Quarterman said that paperwork on pipelines is unavailable at a federal level. She said that the administration did not know how many pipelines are grandfathered, nor how many valves are automated.