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.