Pipeline Technical Assistance to Communities

BRPC has been awarded a $50,000 Pipeline Safety Information Grants to Communities Technical Assistance Grant.  The grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), provides funding for the analysis of pipeline safety issues affecting local communities and to help promote public participation in official proceedings pertaining to pipeline safety issues. BRPC will facilitate an education and awareness program about the roles and responsibilities of local officials with regard to pipeline safety concerns and risks.  This education and awareness program will focus on the Tennessee Gas pipeline which currently exists and the proposed Tennessee Gas Northeast Energy Direct and Connecticut Expansion Projects.  Local officials will be provided with technical assistance to provide greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities from proposal through the lifetime of the pipeline and how to better understand and address where a pipeline failure could pose a significant risk to people or to unusually sensitive environmental areas.  BRPC will also work with local emergency responders to increase their response capabilities so they can effectively deal with pipeline safety risks and potential failure.  It is expected that as a result of this project the communities will be better positioned to respond to stakeholders in affected geographic areas.