Do You Know How to Locate Pipelines In Your Community?
There are visible markers that indicate the presence of a pipeline in your area and there are resources that can be accessed to obtain confirmation of such markers. These markers and a clear, wide green-space, free of trees and brush, that extends as far as you can see in either direction are the two most obvious indicators of an underground facility. At one time, these signs and the use of the local One-Call center were the only means by which to identify pipelines in a community.
Today, developments in technology and the Internet give ready access to more comprehensive information. The National Pipeline Mapping System, or NPMS, is a tool that can be used by anyone to learn more about the transmission pipelines in their area. All you need is your state abbreviation and the name of the county where you work or reside. Once you have entered that information into the system, you will find you can learn more about the operators in your area of interest, including the types of products being transported, the name and contact information of individual operators and the location of road and county borders.
If you are a public official or emergency responder, you can obtain even more specific data with regard to critical energy infrastructures by applying to PHMSA. On approval, you may be provided access to an even more thorough examination of a variety of location and operational details. By contacting PHMSA via their Web site, you may also receive GIS information in layers that can be downloaded into your system.