If for whatever reason you are just getting started trying to figure out what pipelines are near you, who operates and regulates them, and why they are there, this page is a good place to start. Below you will find some very basic information, with links to where you can find out more. Just keep clicking till you know as much as you want about the pipelines that run through your state. We have also prepared a set of briefing papers on pipeline safety topics for beginners. You can find those briefing papers here.
Different Types of Pipelines
Pipelines are divided up into different categories depending on what they carry, and where they go. Understanding these categories is important because they determine how pipelines are constructed and regulated.
Hazardous Liquid Pipelines carry fuels like gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, etc.
Gas Pipelines carry natural gas.
Transmission Pipelines are the larger lines that move gas and liquids around the country
Distribution Pipelines are the smaller lines that move mainly gas within communities and to our individual homes and businesses.
Interstate Pipelines are lines that cross state or national boundaries
Intrastate Pipelines are lines that do not cross state boundaries.
|What Pipelines Are Near You?
There are over 2 million miles of pipeline in the United States. To see what pipelines are near you, and who operates them, click here.Who Regulates Pipelines?
Pipeline regulation is somewhat complicated, and depends on the type of pipeline (interstate or intrastate), and different types of regulation (safety, siting, spills, etc.).
Click here to find out who regulates pipelines in your state.
Click here for a description of the pipeline regulation puzzle.
Click here to find out about state specific regulations and regulators.
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