Pipeline Mapping Resources
You can help keep the pipelines in your community safe by consulting with pipeline operators and identifying the location of pipelines as part of your emergency planning and land-use permitting processes.
Listed below are resources available through county, state and federal governments that can assist you in locating pipelines in your community and obtaining contact information for operators. You can also contact the pipeline companies in your community directly to request a map of their operations in your jurisdiction.
National Pipeline Mapping System
The federal government provides online maps to help you locate pipelines in or near your community through the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS). Maps generated by NPMS show the approximate location of gas and hazardous liquids transmission pipelines in relation to specific addresses, major roads, zip codes, cities and counties.
You can also use NPMS to access contact information for transmission pipeline operators in your community. Operator contact information can be sorted by state, county or zip code and typically includes the operator’s name, product transported, contact name and phone number. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) manages NPMS. Currently, NPMS does not include gathering or distribution pipelines.
National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives
The National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) is a non-profit organization of state pipeline safety personnel. NAPSR works closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the pipeline industry and other interested organizations. NAPSR’s web site provides a list of state program managers who can answer questions and provide additional information about pipelines in your state.
Community Assistance and Technical Services Team/Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Community Assistance and Technical Services (CATS) Team for pipeline safety and Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team (HMSAT) routinely work with state and local officials to better understand risks and improve environmental protection. PHMSA’s CATS and HMSAT representatives are located in each of PHMSA’s five geographic regional locations. PHMSA’s web site provides a list of CATS and HMSAT representatives who can answer questions and provide additional information about pipelines in your state.
County Tax Records
You can also obtain a list of pipelines operating in your county from your local tax assessor.