The performance of energy service providers has important environmental and safety consequences in local communities. Oil and gas pipeline leaks are the responsibility of a wide range of stakeholders including utilities, the public, construction firms and state safety program personnel. As a result, in the United State, state pipeline safety programs focus heavily on public education, outreach, and stakeholder participation so as to reduce the occurrence of these events. The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) directs federal support to state safety efforts through formula and project grant programs for state and local agencies that emphasize different aspects of collaboration. This project aims to understand the institutional drivers of safety and environmental performance, and the impact of state programs intended to improve performance through collaborative interventions and public participation programs.
Environmental and Safety Performance of Natural Gas Utilities