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US Department of Transportation offers $60 million for pipeline safety programmes

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced more than $60 million (€54.1 million) in funding for state pipeline and underground natural gas storage safety programmes.

US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said that the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding the funds through formula grants to support safety programmes at the state level.

“PHMSA’s state partners are a critical ally towards advancing the safety of our nation’s energy infrastructure,” said PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott.

Pipeline Safety State Base Grants reimburse up to 80% of a state’s annual operating costs, based on their own estimates and their most recent programme performance scores. PHMSA-certified state pipeline safety programmes inspect more than 80% of America’s 2.8 million miles of gas and liquid pipelines.

PHMSA first started awarding grants designed to support state inspection and enforcement of applicable underground natural gas storage regulations in 2018. These grants also reimburse up to 80% of total actual costs related to personnel, equipment and essential activities to participating states.