U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced $1.01 million in federal funding to support New Jersey's pipeline safety efforts. The funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), supports state inspectors who ensure compliance with both state and federal pipeline safety regulations.
"This federal funding will help improve safety in communities across New Jersey," said Senator Lautenberg. "While our pipeline system is largely safe, when accidents do happen the consequences can be catastrophic. That's why we need strong protections in place and sufficient funding to ensure regular inspections are conducted and neighborhoods are protected from possible leaks or explosions."
Senator Lautenberg is Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, which has jurisdiction over PHMSA. Senator Lautenberg has been the leader in the Senate in working to strengthen safety oversight for the 2.5 million miles of pipelines that transport oil, natural gas, and hazardous liquids throughout the United States. In January 2012, President Obama signed into law a pipeline safety bill that included provisions authored by Senator Lautenberg to require more advanced technologies, increase inspections, and require steeper penalties for safety violations.