A measure authorizing state oversight and inspection of natural gas pipelines cleared the House Consumer Affairs Committee.

 The legislation, HB 344, would require the Public Utility Commission to inspect gas gathering lines for safety issues, as well as track where new pipelines go.

A similar measure is on the move in the Senate.

Both measures originated out of the growth of natural gas pipelines to transport gas from the state’s expanding number of Marcellus Shale wells.