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PHMSA Awards $46 Million in Pipeline Safety Grants to States

In late September, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released a statement on upcoming safety grants. The federal agency intends to provide more than $46 million to 48 states and territories. State officials will use the funds to prevent explosions, spills and other pipeline accidents.

The PHMSA plans to supply several large grants to southern coastal states. Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will receive a total of about $7.25 million. However, the agency intends to provide California with more funds than any other state. It will benefit from two safety grants worth $5.26 million.

State governments typically use the money to enforce safety laws and inspect pipelines that cross state borders. The PHMSA’s top administrator recently commented on the latest grant announcement. Cynthia Quarterman remarked that safety grants help the federal government cooperate with state officials to uphold laws that prevent pipeline accidents.

Regulators primarily utilize the funds to compensate inspectors and buy inspection equipment. The federal government reimburses states for up to four-fifths of their pipeline regulatory expenses. Each territory or state that receives PHMSA funding employs an average of six intrastate pipeline inspectors.

In the United States, natural gas and oil pipelines span nearly 2.7 million miles. The PHMSA oversees the country’s pipeline network to ensure safety and prevent harm to the environment. It also regulates the transportation of all hazardous materials. The agency began operating in late 2004, and it maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C.