Pipelines have been in the news a lot lately. Many people are concerned about the approval of oil pipelines and their locations, worried it will deteriorate their environment and water supply. While this is possible, history and statistics show it to be very unlikely. In fact, you’d be surprised at how many pipelines are already built and transporting oil and natural gas all around us.
There is a vast network of pipelines supporting our everyday way of life through the movement of crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas. Sometimes they are tucked under our streets, other times they stretch across states, large bodies of water, forests, deserts and everything in between.
Every day these pipes funnel gas and oil through neighborhoods and communities, providing fuel to generate electricity, cook our food, heat our homes, power our cars and much more. Pipelines also transport crude oil from many rural areas to refineries and chemical plants to be used in products that come from petroleum and petrochemicals manufacturing.
- The truth is, pipelines are the energy lifelines of almost everything we do every day.
- Jet fuel is moved by pipeline. Have you ever taken a vacation?
- Diesel fuel is moved by pipeline. How do you think all the food gets to the grocery stores?
- Natural gas is moved by pipeline. Do you have natural gas appliances in your home?
- Propane is moved by pipeline. Have you had a BBQ lately?
With a network of more than 207,800 miles of liquids pipelines, over 300,000 miles of gas transmission pipelines, and more than 2.1 million miles of gas distribution pipelines, the US has the world’s largest network of pipelines to safely move gas, oil and other energy sources throughout our country.
The bottom lines is this: pipelines are the lifelines that take oil and gas from remote locations to where we can use it for our daily lives – and everyone appreciates that, whether they realize it or not. Yes there are other forms of transportation such as rail, truck, and waterways. But pipelines remain not only the most efficient, but also the safest form of energy transportation.