Senator Steve Daines has just announced that the State of Montana will received a $269,902 grant to enhance emergency preparedness in the state and a $187,960 grant for pipeline safety.

“Pipelines are critical pieces of infrastructure and provide strong economic benefits to the counties that host them,” Daines said. “It is important that we do all we can to make the transportation of oil and natural gas safer. These funds will give Montana counties more resources to be ready for potential spills and accidents.”

The Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant is funded through the US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The State of Montana will use the grants to help counties develop emergency response plans and provide specialized training for first responders.