How Pipelines Serve Our Communities
“The invisible highway” refers to America’s network of more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines. in addition to being the safest and most efficient way of transporting energy resources, the use of pipeline infrastructure results in less pollution, road congestion and damage to roads.
For example, it would require 1,500 tanker truckloads every day (a load delivered every minute around the clock) to transport the same amount of product as a single pipeline transporting 300,000 barrels of liquid material per day. in the case of natural gas, there is no practical alternative available to transport it, other than through pipelines.
A pipeline system is a network of buried pipelines and above ground facilities — including storage tanks, pumps and compressor stations — that carry natural gas, crude oil and other petroleum products (such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and home heating oil) from areas of production or processing facilities to end consumers.
The size of pipelines varies, ranging from as small as one inch in diameter to as large as 48 inches in diameter.