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USDOT Distributes More Than $64 Million in Grants to Enhance Pipeline Safety Through State Inspection and Enforcement Efforts

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding $64.4 million in grants to support state-pipeline and underground natural gas storage (UNGS) safety operations. These grants provide states with resources to inspect pipelines and UNGS facilities, ensuring they are complying with federal and state regulations.

State pipeline inspectors oversee more than 80 percent of our nation’s 3.4-million-mile pipeline system, and we want to ensure they have the resources they need to carry out their vital work,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These grants will be another important tool for ensuring America’s pipelines are the safest and most reliable in the world. 

PHMSA will distribute $60.5 million in Pipeline Safety State Base Grants and $3.9 million in UNGS Grants to support state inspection and enforcement efforts, personnel reimbursement, equipment, and essential activities costs to participating states. 

“These grants are critical to help states with the funding they need to carry out inspections and enforce pipeline safety regulations that keep our nation’s pipeline network as safe as possible,” said PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown. “These grants ensure our state partners can continue to play an integral role in getting to our goal of zero safety and environmental incidents.”

Forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participate in the Pipeline Safety State Base Grant program, and 14 states participate in the UNGS program.


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation's 3.4-million-mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1.2 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit for more information.