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PHMSA Announces over $54 Million in Pipeline Safety Grants to Support State Pipeline Safety Programs

Matt Ball on September 3, 2015 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Pipelines, Transportation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding $54,085,440 in Pipeline Safety Base grants to 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“Not only are these grants imperative for our Federal/State partnership to work, they demonstrate our commitment to the American public that we are serious about helping to make our utility lines the safest and most reliable in the world” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “These grants ensure State programs have the funding they need for resources, including personnel and equipment, to protect communities, carry out inspections and enforce pipeline safety regulations that keep the entire pipeline network as safe as possible.”

Marie Therese Dominguez, Administrator of PHMSA, today announced the grants before an audience of state inspectors and regulators as part of the annual National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives Board of Directors meeting in Tempe, Arizona.

The grants provide up to 80 percent of operating costs for state pipeline regulators that agree to inspect intrastate pipelines on PHMSA’s behalf.  Participating states and territories account for 330 inspectors who are responsible for over 80 percent of the country’s intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline mileage.  More than 2.6 million miles of pipeline transport oil and gas to homes and businesses throughout the country.

“Pipeline Safety Base Grants extend the reach of PHMSA and our State partners into our communities,” said Administrator Dominguez. “These grants allow us to have a strong local presence that is vital to effectively monitor pipelines and help protect the public from pipeline incidents.”

Final grant amounts are awarded based on State expenses and annual performance scores.

The 2015 Natural Gas Pipeline State Base Grant recipients are:

  • Alabama – $1,272,749
  • Arizona – $1,259,644
  • Arkansas – $618,211
  • California – $4,593,955
  • Colorado – $516,073
  • Connecticut – $992,648
  • Delaware – $199,723
  • District of Columbia – $336,588
  • Georgia – $1,513,096
  • Idaho – $220,473
  • Illinois – $2,295,294
  • Indiana – $1,208,251
  • Iowa – $925,420
  • Kansas – $828,291
  • Kentucky – $505,280
  • Louisiana – $957,668
  • Maine – $400,367
  • Maryland – $533,783
  • Massachusetts – $1,484,963
  • Michigan – $1,065,928
  • Minnesota – $1,882,053
  • Mississippi – $423,838
  • Missouri – $647,957
  • Montana – $213,566
  • Nebraska – $346,655
  • Nevada – $662,306
  • New Hampshire – $601,434
  • New Jersey – $1,002,645
  • New Mexico – $645,575
  • New York – $4,833,165
  • North Carolina – $572,669
  • North Dakota – $254,090
  • Ohio – $1,365,130
  • Oklahoma – $1,301,403
  • Oregon – $651,386
  • Pennsylvania – $2,189,245
  • Puerto Rico – $228,813
  • Rhode Island – $96,107
  • South Dakota – $315,217
  • Tennessee – $719,005
  • Texas – $4,778,352
  • Utah – $381,490
  • Vermont – $203,599
  • Virginia – $1,442,785
  • Washington – $1,573,290
  • West Virginia – $555,504
  • Wisconsin – $410,189
  • Wyoming – $206,717

The 2015 Hazardous Liquid Pipeline State Base Grant recipients are:

  • Alabama – $39,363
  • Arizona – $66,297
  • California – $1,269,079
  • Indiana – $10,413
  • Louisiana – $244,229
  • Maryland – $39,331
  • Minnesota – $169,557
  • New Mexico – $73,014
  • New York – $143,343
  • Oklahoma – $305,494
  • Texas – $1,194,588
  • Virginia – $95,849
  • Washington – $173,776
  • West Virginia – $28,517

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation’s 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit http://phmsa.dot.gov for more information.

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