Grant awarded to local environmental foundation
The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation last month to spur involvement in pipeline safety efforts.
The foundation is one of 12 community and nonprofit organizations awarded money by the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Technical Assistance Grant program. The program encourages local communities and nonprofit organizations to help communities develop pipeline safety and education programs specific through their needs through technical assistance.
“The grants we are issuing today are more than just about protecting pipelines or promoting awareness, it’s about saving lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “States and localities know best what their unique challenges are and these grants will help them develop specific solutions to meet their individual pipeline safety needs.”
The program provide money for a broad range of activities, according to a DOT news release, including improving or developing local pipeline emergency response capabilities, safe digging or damage prevention programs and more.
Among the recipients was also the Louisiana State Police, who also received $100,000.
Since the program began in 2009, more than $7 million has been awarded to 166 technical assistance programs to help communities address their pipeline safety needs.