Screen shot of pages to be added to the Pipeline Safety Coalition's existing website, http://www.chescopagreen.org/ccpc/pipeline/PipelineInfo.cfm.
By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: March 29, 2014
The nonprofit Pipeline Safety Coalition has created an online pipeline-information program that Chester County will add to its existing website, http://www.chescopagreen.org/ccpc/pipeline/PipelineInfo.cfm, beginning Friday.
The idea is to improve the often haphazard information-sharing among residents, local governments, and energy companies about pipeline developments.
"It's good news because, with Pennsylvania not regulating intrastate pipelines, we need to have some way of communicating information about proposed projects," David Ward, assistant director of the Chester County Planning Commission, said of the new Web pages.
The dedicated natural-gas-pipeline pages will include general information about pipeline safety, pipeline maps, ways to contact pipeline operators, links to proposed pipelines, a glossary of industry terms, and the laws and agencies governing pipeline operators.
Eventually, Pipeline Safety Coalition expects to use a $22,000 federal grant to help the other 66 Pennsylvania counties post similar content on their websites.
"If, ultimately, county by county, these notification protocols are adapted, there's a more seamless stream of information that is passed between counties," said Lynda Farrell, executive director of the coalition.
Chester County has also applied for a $50,000 federal grant to keep its website full of new and updated information.
The county was a leader in developing the new Web pages, largely because it has nearly 600 miles of pipeline infrastructure, the third-largest number in the state, according to the federal government.