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Sen. Rockefeller, Sen. Manchin and Rep. Rahall announce funding for pipeline safety in WV

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CHARLESTON, WV -

Senator Jay Rockefeller, along with Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall, announced more than $697,000 in federal funding for pipeline safety efforts in West Virginia.  

The funding comes from the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and was awarded to two agencies in West Virginia

The West Virginia Public Service Commission received $496,943 as a reimbursement to help relieve strain on West Virginia's pipeline safety programs.  The West Virginia Emergency Response Commission received $200,717.  The WVERC helps the state perform hazardous materials response duties.

The funding comes after Sen. Rockefeller held a field hearing on pipeline safety in Charleston earlier this year in response to the pipeline explosion in Sissonville, WV on Dec. 11, 2012.