Pipeline safety base grants are authorized by Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) Chapter 601 §60107 – State Pipeline Safety Grants.
To qualify for federal grant funds a state agency must participate in the pipeline safety program either under certification in accordance with 49 U.S.C. §60105 or under an agreement in accordance with §60106.
Award Funding Information
The scope of the grant is to support up to 80 percent of the cost of personnel, equipment and activities reasonably required to carry out inspection and enforcement activities of intrastate pipeline facilities under a certification or agreement with the Secretary of Transportation or to act as an agent of the Secretary with respect to interstate pipeline facilities.
The activities covered are those specifically for the inspection of natural gas or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities to ensure compliance and enforcement as necessary of applicable chapters of Title 49 of the U. S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The states inspect approximately 90 percent of the pipeline infrastructure under federal safety authority.
The state agency assumes responsibility for the administration of the grant program through the application of sound management practices and for seeing that program funds have been expended and accounted for in accordance with program objectives, the payment agreement, specific guidelines, 2 CFR 225 (Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87) and any other applicable federal rules and regulations.