More than two million miles of reliability, safety and security.
Pipelines are one of the safest, most reliable and well-regulated ways to move crude oil and petroleum products. The U.S. has the largest network of oil and natural gas pipelines of any country in the world:
- Spanning more than 2.6 million miles;
- Transporting all natural gas produced in the U.S. (more than 25 trillion cubic feet in 2012).
Transporting all natural gas produced in the U.S. (more than 25 trillion cubic feet in 2012).
Our pipelines connect our abundant domestic oil and natural gas resources from some of the most remote locations in the nation to refineries and processing facilities. From there, the oil, natural gas and refined products can move on to consumers here in the U.S. and around the globe.
As our energy independence and production grow, so does our need to update existing pipelines and build new pipelines to alleviate bottlenecks that prevent efficient and timely delivery.
Each year, our pipelines safely carry more than 14 billion barrels of crude oil. The industry adheres to strict regulations overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and continues to create safeguards that ensure a strong safety record… Some key facts:
- Between 1999 and 2011, there has been a 59% reduction in the number of liquid spills from pipelines.
- During that time, the volume spilled from pipelines has gone down by more than 43%.
Connecting safety, efficiency and convenience.
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.
Rail supports the vital impact energy development has on our economy. Unconventional development of crude oil fields supported 2.1 million jobs. As we continue to produce more oil domestically, we will continue to lean on rail to expand and support our energy production.
Boasting a 99% safety record.
Rail has an excellent safety record for transporting crude oil and the oil and gas industry, in partnership with the rail industry, is always working to make the movement of crude oil by rail safer. For instance, the industry has been collaborating with regulators to create new railcar specifications that provide maximum safety for the public.
The safe, effective and proven way to transport oil.
Today’s state-of-the-art tankers are the product of the industry’s commitment to safety, implementation of best practices, and computer-assisted design. The tankers that cross the oceans are stronger, more durable, and more maneuverable than ever before.
Over the last decade, more than 99% of oil delivered to the U.S. by ocean tankers reached its destination without incident. Here’s how the industry is working to make the tankers of today as safe as possible:
- Pilot Training To reduce the risk of accidental groundings and spills, prospective tanker pilots use virtual reality technology to get extensive hands-on training before they ever take the wheel of a ship.
- Double Hulls This hull-within-a-hull concept provides an extra measure of security to keep the cargo secure and prevent oil from entering the marine environment.
- Redundant Systems To build ships capable of withstanding even the most extreme circumstances, many tankers have duplicate systems. If the original system is compromised, a second, fully functional system is on hand as a backup.
- Single Operator Capability Modern tankers allow a single deck officer to make all appropriate adjustments to the ship’s speed and course from a central command station. This allows for faster response in critical situations.