are the safest most reliable and efficient manner of transporting
crude oil and other liquid petroleum products. Each year, billions
of gallons of petroleum are transported thousands of miles quietly
from production fields to refineries and on to airports, factories
and distribution centers in communities throughout the country.
Pipeline companies take active steps to ensure that health, safety,
security and environmental concerns are addressed throughout the
planning, construction, and operational phases of pipeline operations.
Pipeline companies are responsible for the safety of operations.
In addition, federal and state pipeline inspectors evaluate whether
operators are being diligent in meeting regulatory requirements,
conducting proper inspections, and making necessary repairs. The
U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety
(OPS) oversees and regulates pipeline system operations from the
design stage of a project to construction, maintenance and operations.
Pipeline system operations are also subject to local, state and
federal environmental and safety standards and regulations.
addition to overseeing the safe operations of the pipeline, companies
are also dedicated to making sure that employees have a safe workplace
and the training and tools to do their jobs. To learn more about
the extensive measures pipeline companies take to protect facilities,
the public and the environment explore this section of the website.