Pipeline safety group earns major grant to grow team, add projects
By Julia Lerner, Cascadia Daily News (Oct. 4, 2022)
Since its founding, the Trust has been able to fund only two or three employees at a time. Now, it plans to expand to nine employees, and the Trust has already hired a full-time communications director and data manager.
Caram said adding more employees will allow the Trust to dig into new pipeline concerns, including issues related to liquefied natural gas(LNG) and carbon sequestration.
There are emerging concerns related to carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipelines, too, Caram said. According to a March report from PST, these pipelines could be designed, constructed, operated and maintained without any federal or state oversight. PST commissioned the report following an increase in CO2 pipeline proposals for tax credit-incentivized CCS projects.
“These pipelines are terribly underregulated,” Kenneth Clarkson, PST’s communications and outreach director, said after the paper was released. “If [these projects] are allowed to continue with this current regulatory framework … it’s going to be dangerous to the public in our communities that these pipelines are going to be going through.”
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