Dear PST Supporter,
The vision of the Pipeline Safety Trust is simple. We believe that communities should feel safe about the pipelines that run through them, and trust that their government is actively working to prevent pipeline hazards. We believe that only when trusted partnerships among government, communities, safety advocates, and pipeline companies are formed, with the goal of promoting community safety and environmental protection, will pipelines truly be safer.
Today I am writing to ask for your financial support to help us spread our vision for pipeline safety and increase the reach of our important work. The Trust recently celebrated our 10th anniversary. In reviewing our first 10 years, we found many accomplishments of which we are proud, but also much more work needing to be done to reach our goals of zero pipeline incidents, honorable relationships between operators and the public, and a regulatory system worthy of our trust.
The Trust grew out of an idea of a handful of safety advocates and affected citizens after the tragic incident in Bellingham in 1999. Following our original strategic plan has brought us into our second decade stronger than ever, while remaining true to our motto: Credible. Independent. In the Public Interest. To continue building on the work we have begun, we are asking for your help today. Help us:
* Work with Congress to enact legislation with meaningful improvements to pipeline safety, and to protect the advances made in the last 10 years. 2015 is the year when the National Pipeline Safety Program is supposed to be reauthorized by Congress, so we need your help to keep pushing for better regulations. In the past four years, we’ve been invited to testify before Congress more than 15 times.
* Working with PHMSA to ensure effective regulations are developed, enacted and enforced. Major rewrites of the regulations covering gas and hazardous liquid pipelines are to be released in 2015, so we need your help to respond to those proposals and keep you informed. We already work with PHMSA staff on data collection and transparency efforts, implementation of the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance, external reviews of ongoing program efforts, and as a member of its technical advisory committee.
* Continuing to be a source of independent information and support for pipeline safety by maintaining our newsletter, the safepipelines listserv and publishing guides like our new Local Government Guide to Pipelines and recently updated Landowners Guide to pipeline safety. We get calls every day from concerned citizens, reporters and local governments looking for information about pipelines and pipeline safety regulation.
* Speaking as a public interest voice at industry and government events. We are often the only non-industry or non-government voice in the room.
* Serve as an independent source of pipeline safety information for news media across the nation. We are regularly quoted in news sources such as the NY Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS News, NPR, and provide background information on pipeline safety on nearly a weekly basis.
With a small staff and operating budget the Trust has worked hard to become recognized as a credible and independent organization promoting pipeline safety and acting in the interest of the public.
In order to both continue and expand our pipeline safety activities, we need your help.
Please support us with a tax-deductible donation.
Go to https://pstrust.org/donate to donate electronically or for a mail-in form.
Thank you for your consideration and support for pipeline safety. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Carl Weimer, Executive Director
Pipeline Safety Trust,
300 N. Commercial, Suite B,
Bellingham, WA 98225