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Sep 15, 2010 10:34 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

After blast, regulators want tougher pipeline oversight

The Obama administration is seeking tighter oversight of the nation's pipelines and stronger penalties for violations of pipeline safety rules after a deadly explosion in California.

The legislation was submitted to Congress Wednesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The proposal follows several major pipeline accidents.

A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas pipeline explosion last week killed at least four people in San Bruno and destroyed or severely damaged dozens of homes.

An oil spill from a pipeline owned by a Canadian company near Marshal, Mich., sent an estimated 820,000 to 1 million gallons spewing into the Kalamazoo River in late July.

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