Pipelines Play a Critical Role in Our Daily Lives

The U.S. has the largest network of pipelines in the world. Millions of miles of pipeline thread their way across the United States, creating a transportation system that delivers fuels and feedstocks that American consumers, businesses, and manufacturers use daily.

Pipelines Strengthen Our Economy

Oil and natural gas pipelines fuel America’s economic engine. The energy delivered through pipelines allow Americans to commute to work, power the industries that make goods and supply services and are used as raw materials in manufacturing. As our pipeline network grows to meet the demands of the U.S. shale boom, our economy benefits from the increased new supplies and distribution of abundant American energy.

Pipelines Are Safe and Regulated

State and federal government regulatory processes guide the construction and safe use of oil and gas pipelines. Regulations ensure the safety of the design, operation, maintenance, and emergency response of oil and natural gas pipelines and facilities.

Processes are in place to provide for the proper siting, planning, and public and stakeholder input and review of pipeline projects prior to construction.

At the federal level, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent federal agency that is responsible for approving the siting of interstate natural gas pipelines and regulates the transmission and sale of natural gas. FERC’s pipeline siting review process provides multiple opportunities for public and stakeholder input.

Along with FERC, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is responsible for regulating the safety of design, testing, operation, maintenance, construction, and emergency response of U.S. oil and liquids pipelines.

Each state has its own process for the review and permitting of pipelines. States have primary authority over oil pipeline siting and construction, although companies may also need to apply for additional federal permits.

Pipelines Are Good for America, but Face Challenges

America is blessed with tremendous supplies of all forms of energy, the ingenuity and ability to develop technology to utilize it more cleanly and efficiently, and the means to transport it safely. If pipelines aren’t built to move energy supplies to where it is needed, all the benefits to consumers, communities, and our economy will be lost.

Unfortunately, activists who wish to “keep it in the ground” are attempting to impede the construction of pipelines and the development of energy in general. This extreme approach threatens America’s economy and our security.

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