The goal of PPSEP is to provide you with basic information about pipeline infrastructure, regulations, operations, landowner rights (and responsibilities) and resources for additional information so that you are informed as a citizen and are able to participate in sharing that knowledge with others. When you have completed this course and the associated certification assessment, you will receive a certificate as a certified trainer of this material.
There are over 2.6 million miles of natural gas & hazardous liquids pipelines in the United States. While that number is rapidly on the rise, an existing aging infrastructure poses is in need of repair and replacement. Who regulates siting and safety varies, depending on what the pipeline carries, how much it carries and where it goes. This course was created for those who want to learn enough about pipeline procedure and safety to be able to speak to others seeking information on pipeline infrastructure and pipeline safety in this time of rapid pipeline development and repair.
The course is based on the Pipeline Safety Coalition workshop series “What You Need to Know and Why,” federal & state pipeline agency published information, the Pipeline Safety Trust Landowners Guide and Carolyn Elefant, Esq produced, “Knowing and Protecting Your Rights When and Interstate Gas Pipeline Comes to Your Community” (http://lawofficesofcarolynelefant.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/FINALTAGguide.pdf) . As the numbers of Marcellus Shale wells increase, news of proposed pipelines is beginning to overwhelm the ability to provide timely pipeline safety education to citizens throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Ohio and the Northeast corridor, stretching to Florida.
Creating this course was made possible by a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG)from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (US DOT PHMSA). The TAG program offers local governments and community groups funding up to $50,000 “for technical assistance in the form of engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues and to help promote public participation in official proceedings.” To learn about this grant program and previously funded programs visit: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/tag/.
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