In 2008, a 7.5 mile Williams Transco pipeline project spawned a grassroots effort in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Disenfranchised in attempts to find accurate information regarding personal and environmental safety in pipeline construction, 71 out of 167 landowners chose eminent domain proceedings over signing easement agreements they did not understand.
By 2009, twenty of the landowners had formed an ad hoc community group: Citizens Coalition for Environmental and Property Protection in Pipeline Operations: 2CE3PO. Volunteering time and personal expense they provided equal access to factual, unbiased information in pipeline safety issues to citizens, local/state and federal representatives. 2CE3PO vowed to form a dedicated coalition so that others would not endure the years of frustration and hardship they had faced.
Their goal was achieved in 2011 when Pipeline Safety Coalition (PSC) was formed. Our mission then and now is: “To gather and serve as a clearinghouse for factual, unbiased information; to increase public awareness and participation through education; to build partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government and industry; and to improve pubic, personal and environmental safety in pipeline issues.”
Since 2011, PSC has responded to requests for educational workshops throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington State, California and New Orleans; providing "What You Need to Know and Why" workshops to landowners, government officials and safety advocates.
PSC is a member of collaborative workgroup efforts in PA, NJ, NY, OH, DE, MD, TX, WA and the national Pipeline Safety Trust Advocacy group "Pipeline Safety Advocates".
PSC has authored/coauthored and/or facilitated US DOT PHMSA TAG projects focused on education and technical research to enhance community pipeline safety.
Our Executive Director is Lynda Farrell. Contact Us.
Who We ServeOur primary focus is to provide communities with resources and education not easily found in the complex system of pipeline safety and siting. We believe an informed community is a safer community.
Marcellus Shale development has created an interstate community of citizens and local governments eager for informed participation.
We serve anyone interested in facilitating public, personal and environmental safety through open communication and equal access to unbiased information in pipeline safety and siting issues.
What We Do
Pipeline Safety Coalition gathers and disseminates fact based information in pipeline siting and safety protocol. We use this information to provide education, to increase public awareness and participation in pipeline safety and to elevate equality in pipeline processes.
Pipeline Safety Coalition works as liaison with individuals, communities, land use planning agencies, elected officials at all levels, pipeline operators and utilities with a stated goal of strengthening the depth and quality of community awareness and participation in pipeline safety.
Pipeline Safety Coalition builds partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government & non-government entities and industry to facilitate transparency and full stakeholder participation in pipeline safety and siting issues.
How We Do It
Our History provides understanding through experience. PSC not only benefits from years of on the ground experiences and information gathering, we have also spent years networking and developing grassroots to government relationships. PSC works with agencies; local to state legislators; federal safety and siting agencies to provide the most current information possible in all pipeline matters. If we don’t have the answer, we know where to go to find the answer. PSC has joined with over 50 interstate organizations to work proactively in providing citizens with the education and support needed to participate and protect the public, private and environment in gas pipeline development.Education is at the heart of our mission.