The city of Allentown has just received a nearly $44,000 grant to pay for technical assistance with regard to gas pipeline safety issues.
This grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, is the second the city received this year from the administration. The first was for $50,000.
The city sought the money in response to a February 2011 natural gas explosion in Allentown that killed five people and destroyed eight homes.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski plans to use the funds to continue the development of the National Mayors Coalition for Pipeline Safety. The effort is co-chaired by the mayor of San Bruno, Calif, where a September 2010 gas pipeline explosion killed eight people, destroyed 38 homes and badly damaged 70 more.
"We began our effort this year, and our goal is to form a union of cities and to thereby facilitate shared education, ideas, conceptualizations and technology." Pawlowski said. "We appreciate the department's continued support of our efforts."
So far this year, the pipeline safety administration has awarded nearly $1 million among 21 recipients.
Grants allow local 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.