Pipeline Safety

What Local Communities Want To Know

November 5th & 6th, 2009

at the Hotel Monteleone,

New Orleans

The Pipeline Safety Trust hosted our 4th annual pipeline safety conference where we will once again brought together a unique mix of experience from the affected public, local government, the pipeline industry, and pipeline regulators to discuss the hard issues and create greater understanding to move pipeline safety initiatives forward.

The 2009 conference focused on the new Community Technical Assistance Grants provided by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). PHMSA received $1 million from Congress this year to implement these grants to allow local governments and community groups to spend up to $50,000 to work on pipeline safety issues of their choosing or to hire independent technical consultants to provide them with pipeline safety information.

It was the Trust’s hope to bring many of the grant recipients to the conference to discuss what types of pipeline safety issues their grant proposals are aimed at, to meet each other and a wide range of pipeline safety stakeholders, and perhaps facilitate some contacts for the grant recipient’s use as their grants progress. There were also sessions on the status of the Pipeline and Informed Planning Alliance, what types of information is and is not available, community awareness programs, and community involvement processes that have worked.

Interested in finding out what other local communities want to know about pipeline safety? This was the place to get those answers.