More than $49 million in grants will be distributed to states for safety inspections, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced July 1.
The agency indicated the grants are meant to reimburse states up to 80% of operating costs for the inspection of pipelines that transport natural gas, crude oil, and certain energy products.
“State pipeline inspectors oversee more than 80% of the nation’s 2.6 million-mile pipeline network, and we want to make sure they have the resources needed to ensure the safety of the American people,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
“This is a performance-based grant and is awarded based on the state’s estimated program costs and recent performance scores,” added PHSMA administrator Marie Therese Dominguez.
A breakdown of the allocations is found on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website.