Congressman Rush Convenes Pipeline Safety Workshop

Feb 23, 2012 Issues: Community News, Energy

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

CHICAGO – Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) will convene a workshop on Friday, February 24th, designed to help south suburban community leaders apply for Federal Pipeline Safety grants.  The meeting will be an Illinois/Washington teleconference connecting south suburban leaders with experts at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).  It will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Southwest Education Center of Moraine Valley Community College, 17900 S. 94th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60487-6009.

The Technical Assistance Grants provide federal funds that enable communities to analyze local pipeline safety issues, promote public awareness and encourage the creation of technology driven solutions like the conversion of paper maps into electronic formatting.

“Will County is a major hub in the United States natural gas pipeline grid,” Congressman Rush explained, “Underneath our community schools, churches, stores, homes and factories there is an invisible superhighway where pipelines from Canada and the Gulf of Mexico meet and fan out through the entire Midwest.  Issues of pipeline safety are critically important and must not be ignored.”

Local communities can apply for grants up to $50,000 to assist their pipeline safety efforts.

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