Natural Gas Pipelines
gas is found in many of the same areas of the country as crude oil
and is collected through small gathering systems and moved to gas
processing plants, where impurities are removed.
There are about 20,000 miles of natural gas gathering lines. The
gathering lines move natural gas to large cross-country transmission
pipelines. Including both onshore and offshore lines there
are approximately 278,000 miles of natural gas transmission lines.
Natural gas, unlike oil, is delivered directly to homes and businesses
through local distribution lines. Large distribution lines, called
mains, move the gas close to cities. These main lines, along with
the much smaller lines to homes and businesses, deliver natural
under streets in almost every city and town and account for the
vast majority of pipeline mileage in the U.S. – 1.8 million
There are many places on the internet where you can learn more
about the natural gas industry and pipelines, such as the Interstate
Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) at www.ingaa.org
or the American Gas
Association (AGA) at www.aga.org.