Pipeline agency announces $392M to fix methane leaks

By Carlos Anchondo | 04/05/2024 06:30 AM EDT

Communities in 26 states will receive grants to replace or repair aging natural gas pipelines.

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The federal government’s pipeline regulator will award $392 million to 130 projects that aim to curb methane leaks from natural gas pipelines across the country.

The grants from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration come out of a nearly $1 billion bucket of funding authorized by the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law. Funded projects will repair or replace nearly 500 miles of pipeline in 26 states, including top fossil fuel producers like Texas and Pennsylvania.

The agency estimates that will yield a reduction of nearly 1,400 metric tons of methane emissions annually.


In a statement, PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown emphasized that the program both cuts planet-warming emissions and lowers energy bills.