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Feds grant almost half a million to W. Va. for pipeline safety

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media

West Virginia’s pipeline safety program is being reimbursed for some of its yearly operating costs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is giving a $453,000 grant to the state to help cover expenses, the Associated Press reports. The agency gives such payments to all states with pipeline inspection agencies, and plans to distribute more than $47 million this year to 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In West Virginia, pipeline safety is overseen by the Public Service Commission, which employs 320 inspectors and is in charge of monitoring over 80 percent of the nation’s transmission lines. The state’s status as a natural gas producer, as well as its proximity to the gas-rich Marcellus shale and Gulf Coast markets, make it a popular route for pipeline transportation.

Read the AP story at West Virginia Public Broadcasting: W.Va. Gets Pipeline Safety Inspection Repayment

Related: ‘Don’t frack the Ohio River!’, W. Virginia citizens urge Tomblin

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