Pipeline Purpose and Reliability
The United States has the largest pipeline network in the world. Pipelines deliver the raw materials that are processed into fuel that powers our lives. There are many types of pipelines through each state transporting products such as crude oil, refined products, liquid petroleum, natural gas, CO2 and many other chemicals. The safest and cost-effective transportation method for these products is through pipelines. Pipeline environmental and safety record statistics show that pipelines are safer than any other means of transportation.
Pipeline operators are subject to many Federal and State regulations, as well as, industry standards. These regulations and standards deal with all phases of pipeline operations. From construction, maintenance and testing to operations; all are intended to ensure the continued safe operation of pipelines.