Keep Energy Moving
We’re producing more oil and natural gas than we have ever before, and we’re now the No. 1 producer of natural gas and oil in the world.
But have you ever wondered how our energy goes from the well to our gas pumps or to our homes? To get that energy to consumers like you and me, we need a complex energy infrastructure that includes pipelines, roads, rail, trucks and ships that carry our oil and natural gas. By improving our energy infrastructure, America gets the affordable energy we need while strengthening our energy security.
The U.S. has more than 2.6 million miles of energy pipelines. If you use natural gas, then you benefit from the nation’s pipeline infrastructure. Natural gas produced in the U.S. travels by pipeline, and so do more than 14 billion barrels of crude oil used to fuel your car and produce thousands of household items that you use throughout the day. Pipelines are one of the safest methods of transportation, and technological advancements continue to make them safer every year.
Compressor stations are an important part of transporting natural gas around the nation. As natural gas travels through pipelines, it encounters friction that slows it down. That means the gas must be constantly re-pressurized to continue on its path down the pipeline network. Compressor stations are key components of our natural gas infrastructure that enable natural gas to travel throughout the U.S.
Rail is a critical component to our energy infrastructure. Complementing waterways, roadways and pipelines, rail allows easier access to remote areas where crude oil production often occurs. It can also quickly provide access to new areas, maximizing speed to market.
State-of-the-art tankers are another way that oil is transported around the nation and across our oceans. Today’s tankers are stronger, more durable and more maneuverable than ever before.
Did You Know?
- More than 2.6M miles of pipelines in the U.S.
- The U.S. has the largest network of natural gas and oil pipelines in the world
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The best way to determine if a new technology is sustainable, is to let it live or die according to the decisions of a free people spending their own money in a free marketplace. This is the only way we will identify truly sustainable renewable fuels to power our economy.
Fall Creek, WI
I have experienced damage to my outboard motor and chainsaw caused by ethanol. Ethanol increases both the cost of fuel in my car and the cost of food on my family’s table. Now some want to increase the government mandate and require we use more ethanol. We should be ending the mandate, not expanding it!”
I think natural gas is something that we’re realizing, more and more, that if you bring it in, you can do a lot with it.”
I don’t think that energy is a partisan issue – the use of natural gas should be in everyone’s best interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are pipelines necessary?
Pipelines are one of the safest ways to transport the clean, reliable fuel that we need to power homes, businesses, and our lives. In fact, we already depend on 2.6 million miles of pipelines to bring us the energy we need.
Do pipelines hurt the environment?
The carbon footprint of transporting fuel by pipeline is far less than moving energy by any other way, making pipelines one of the most environmentally friendly and efficient ways to transport the reliable fuel that we need to power homes, businesses, and our lives.
Do pipeline construction and operations make land unsafe for farming?
No, farming can safely continue on land with buried pipelines. Following pipeline construction, crop production and raising livestock can resume on land with underground pipelines.
How can new pipelines help to make energy more affordable?
Robust energy infrastructure, including pipelines, storage, processing, rail and maritime resources, helps to ensure that energy reaches destinations safely and efficiently. This could help to reduce transportation costs and regional price differences, resulting in a more affordable energy.
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