Pipelines – fueling your community

The energy and fuels we use every day move across the country from production sites to end users through a variety of methods including tanker trucks, rail cars, ships and pipelines.

The National Academy of Sciences and safety oversight authorities consistently recognize pipelines as the safest way to transport energy and link our communities to the energy products we rely on every day. The first pipeline was built in 1879. Today, pipelines form an underground highway system comprised of 2.6 million miles of gathering, transmission and distribution pipelines transporting the energy we use every day in our homes and businesses.

In addition to being safer, pipelines are consistently more reliable than other methods of energy transportation. Utilizing pipelines instead of additional tanker trucks or rail cars reduces traffic and wear on roads and rails. Moving energy fuels through a single high-volume pipeline, for example, replaces the need for 1,500 tanker trucks every day.

For more than ten years, this publication has served as a trusted information resource for local public officials and has facilitated increased pipeline awareness across the country. Each issue includes reference information and updates on current topics related to pipeline safety.

In this issue, we explore the importance of protecting community safety during protests and acts of vandalism involving pipeline facilities. We discuss new regulatory requirements for storage facilities and excess flow valves and what they mean for your community. We also talk with a local public official who served as Incident Commander during a pipeline emergency in his community to get his advice for how you can enhance your community’s emergency preparedness.