Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs)

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US DOT PHMSA’s Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program awards enable communities and groups of individuals to obtain funding for technical assistance in the form of engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues and help promote public participation in official proceedings. For purposes of grants eligibility, communities are defined as cities, towns, villages, counties, parishes, townships, and similar governmental subdivisions, or consortiums of such subdivisions. A nongovernmental group of individuals is eligible for a grant under the TAG program if its members are affected or potentially affected individuals who are incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state where they are located.  PHMSA first awarded technical assistance grants in 2009.  The following is a list of TAG grants awarded to Pipeline Safety Coalition and collaborating entities:

Grant Title - click the link to view details and final report

Main ObjectiveGrant RecipientFiscal Start Fiscal EndStatus
Safety, Agriculture, Villages, & Environment, Inc. (S.A.V.E.) - Education and outreach regarding existing and proposed pipelines

SAVE will conduct education and outreach on pipeline safety involving the existing Columbia and proposed co-linear AES Mid-Atlantic Express LNG Project pipelines.Safety, Agriculture, Villages, & Environment (S.A.V.E.) Inc.9/28/200912/30/2010Complete
West Vincent Township - Analysis of Dominion Keystone project for northern Chester County, Pennsylvania

West Vincent Township will analyze pipeline safety issues affecting the local community with regard to a Dominion Keystone project.West Vincent Township, PA9/28/20099/27/2010Complete
Bradford Glen HOA - Evaluate and assess safety of co-locating proposed AES pipeline adjacent to Columbia pipeline in a High Consequence Area

The Bradford Glen Homeowners Association will evaluate and assess the safety of co-locating the proposed Mid-Atlantic Express, LLC pipeline adjacent to an existing Columbia pipeline in the vicinity of a High Consequence Area.Bradford Glen Homeowners Association9/28/20093/27/2011Complete
S.A.V.E. - Development & Implementation of Chester County Coalition for Safety and Reliability of Pipeline Operations

Under this grant award the Safety, Agriculture, Villages and Environment (S.A.V.E.), Inc will create a Chester County coalition for pipeline safety.Safety, Agriculture, Villages, & Environment (S.A.V.E.) Inc., PA9/30/20109/30/2011Complete
Penn State University - Forest Vegetation as a Bioindicator to Detect Leaking Natural Gas Pipelines

Under this grant award the Pennsylvania State University - Office of Sponsored Programs will develop educational and outreach efforts to educate the public, informed citizens, municipalities, and pipeline operators on how to detect leaks in natural gas pipelines using forest vegetation as a bioindicator.Pennsylvania State University9/30/20109/29/2012Complete
Promoting Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) recommended practices and model ordinances in multiple localities across Pennsylvania

The S.A.V.E. will promote Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) recommended practices and model ordinances in multiple localities across Pennsylvania. Safety, Agriculture, Villages, & Environment (S.A.V.E.) Inc.9/29/20119/28/2012Complete
Pipeline Safety Coalition - Pipeline Procedure and Safety Education ProgramThe Pipeline Safety Coalition will research, define, create, and deliver a curriculum for training educators. The curriculum will be targeted to suburban and urban communities, Marcellus Shale communities, and farming communities and will address pipeline safety and current issues associated with Pennsylvania's rapidly developing energy infrastructure. The curriculum will be used initially in Pennsylvania and will be transferable to other states.

Pipeline Safety Coalition9/29/20119/29/2012Complete
The League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund design production of an overview of the state of pipelines in prototypical Lycoming, PennsylvaniaThe League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund will design a production of an overview of the state of pipelines in a Pennsylvania community and county; expert, objective information about the safety of the growing number of natural gas pipelines in an area of prototypical region, Lycoming County; a review of the assessment of the regulations and status of the existing and evolving transmission system; sound recommendations to serve as a basis for educating the public to prompt participation and an objective knowledge base for informed decision-making by elected officials; the promotion of a safer, more efficient, environmentally sensitive natural gas transmission system for Pennsylvania.

League Of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund9/29/20119/28/2012Complete
City of Allentown - Creating a National Mayors’ Council on Pipeline SafetyUnder this grant award the City of Allentown will work on a project that consists of a two tier approach to be performed supportively and concurrently: Tier 1: Purchase four (4) multi gas surveyors GVS 500's to provide first responders the ability to detect leaks during emergency response to natural gas, pipeline and other emergency incidents. Tier II: Research and develop a national Mayor's Council on Pipeline Safety (MCPS), initiated by Allentown Mayor Pawlowski to initiate outreach to San Bruno Mayor Ruane to collaborate on efforts in defining and disseminating pipeline safety initiatives specific to American urban cities.

City of Allentown, PA9/28/20129/27/2013Complete
Chester County Commissioner created Pipeline Notification Protocol (PNP)
Under this grant award the East Brandywine Township will research and develop a standardized notification protocol for informing Chester County officials of projected pipeline projects which will lead to enhanced engineering and scientific analysis of pipeline projects that begins with full stakeholder participation in the planning stage.

East Brandywine Township, PA9/28/20129/27/2013Complete
Final Report

Pipeline Safety Coalition: Chester County based First Responder Case StudyUnder this grant award the Pipeline Safety Coalition will conduct a case study of Chester County, PA with first responders to identify first responder education and training needs specific to gas pipelines. Following the case study, recommendations will be provided to develop a core curriculum using model firefighters and a final report will be developed, with transferable results, to share with other first responders and communities.

Pipeline Safety Coalition9/28/20129/27/2013Complete
Pipeline Safety Coalition: Tier I: Promote PNP in Pennsylvania; Tier II: Produce and Educate the Educator PortalUnder this grant award Pipeline Safety Coalition will leverage work from two previous Technical Assistance Grant projects to support Pipelines Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) recommendations. Tier I will advance the work product of Pipeline Notification Protocol (PNP) through the remaining 66 counties of Pennsylvania by creating standardized notification protocol for pipeline operators to use in proposed pipeline projects prior to the permitting processes. Tier II will advance the work product of educating the Educators: Pipeline Procedure and Safety Education Program (PPSEP) by producing. activating and employing the online program established by the PPSEP conducted feasibility study.

Pipeline Safety Coalition9/30/20139/24/2014Complete 
City of Allentown: Develop the Mayors’ Council on Pipeline SafetyThe City of Allentown will continue the development of the National Mayors Coalition for Pipeline Safety and outreach to mayors by educating and promoting participation at local levels of League of Cities and Business Councils. The project scope includes organizing and conducting the first National Meeting of Mayors on Pipeline Safety to promote participation, recommendations and the growth of the National Mayors Coalition, in conjunction with Winter/Spring U.S. Conference of Mayors, in Washington, DC.

City of Allentown, PA9/30/20139/24/2015Active
Pipeline Safety CoalitionMain Objective: Under this grant award Pipeline Safety Coalition will conduct a feasibility study of the expansion of pipeline safety education in the Northeast United States. in order to enhance the numbers of informed communities who play a vital role in safety and reliability of pipeline operations in this region.

Pipeline Safety Coalition9/25/20149/24/2015Active
City of San BrunoMain Objective: Under this grant award San Bruno, City of, leverage investments, work products and partnerships begun by San Bruno and the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania in the bi coastal formation of the Mayors' Council on Pipeline Safety in order to conduct the work and produce the results detailed below under Article Ill. Expected Program Outputs.

City of San Bruno, CA9/25/20149/24/2015Active
City of AllentownMain Objective
Under this grant award Allentown, City of will
- Research and define Mayors' Council on Pipeline Safety (MCPS) recommendations for clear definitions and minimum leak detection regulations such as what qualifies as a leak, how leaks are classified, and what is done about discovered leaks
- Conduct a needs assessment for a MCPS national campaign for more consistent and prescriptive distribution line safety regulations such its national regulatory standards for leak detection class: leak detection monitoring outside utility dictates: regulation on frequency of surveys; use of plastic vs steel in replacement of aging systems and in new systems
- Create a series of educational video bites for a Mayors National Campaign on Pipeline Safety similar to Marathon Pipe Line, LLC, "Safe Digging with John Ratzenberger" to be posted to the MCPS website and accessible to partner organization websites
- Leverage relationships developed with partners such as the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia (UA). American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL/C10), BlueGreenAlliance (BGA) and others, to produce a more robust
national conference
- Maintain records for transferability of the project
- Produce final report

City of Allentown, PA9/25/20149/24/2015Active
East Brandywine Township

Final Report
Main Objective: Under this grant award East Brandywine Township will hire a hydrologist/hydrogeologist for the purpose of research, assessment and analysis of the Sunoco Logistics LP Mariner East pipeline and pumping station proposals in Chester County with regard to community and environmental safety. East Brandywine Township will also conduct a series of public forums in Chester County for communities to: I) learn about the pipeline siting process for hazardous liquids vs. natural gas pipelines. and 2) through education promote a proactive collective community approach to pipeline siting and safety.

East Brandywine Township, PA9/25/20149/24/2015Complete
Pipeline Safety CoalitionMain Objective: Under this technical assistance funding will be to conduct a study of the practice of real estate in conjunction with gas, liquids and hazardous liquids pipeline safety in order to develop informational resource for real estate professionals on pipeline safety and awareness in the US Atlantic Coastal States.

Pipeline Safety Coalition9/28/20159/27/2016Active
City of San BrunoMain Objective: The City of San Bruno TAG applications objective is to leverage investments, work products and partnerships begun by the City of San Bruno, California and the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania in the bi coastal formation of the Mayors' Council on Pipeline Safety. The project seeks to convert disenfranchised cultures created through pipeline failure tragedy into a resilience based safety culture.

City of San Bruno, CA9/28/20159/27/2016Active
City of AllentownMain Objective: Under this grant award the City of Allentown's goal is to achieve safer American communities through collaborative efforts, to define and develop pipeline safety protocols specific to American cities that start with the grass roots, and to influence the advancement of safety recommendations into active and required best practices.City of Allentown, PA9/22/20159/21/2016Active