The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Thursday announced nearly $1.5 million in grants to 18 states to support pipeline damage prevention.
These safety grants are awarded annually and are used to strengthen a state’s efforts in addressing pipeline failures attributed to activities like excavation, a leading cause of pipeline accidents resulting in injury or fatality. The grants are also used to help states establish needed prevention programs.
According to the PHMSA announcement, excavation damage has resulted in over 33 human fatalities, 144 injuries, and over $249 million in property damage nationwide since 2006. The safety grants allow states to continue implementing the nine elements of an effective damage prevention program, outlined in the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006.
PHMSA awards damage prevention grants to state authorities where its governor has deemed the authority to be an eligible recipient. Applications are reviewed by PHMSA to determine its relevance to the nine elements of an effective damage prevention program, among other criteria, before the administration grants the recipient an amount of up to $100,000.
To view the 2016 damage prevention grant award recipients, click here.