Pipelines play an important role in our daily lives. The 200,000 miles of
oil pipelines traversing this country represents an estimated $200 to $400
billion investment in an infrastructure that is vital to our economy,
safety, and standard of living. This system of pipelines serves as a
national network to move the energy resources we need from production areas
or ports of entry throughout North America to consumers, airports, military
bases, population centers and industry every day.
Pipeline companies take their responsibility seriously to ensure
safe and reliable operations. But the affected public along the
pipeline route can also play an important role in pipeline safety.
Awareness is the key to preventing pipeline accidents. Eyes and
ears along our national pipeline network can assist with identifying
potential problems, like unauthorized excavation on the right-of-way.
Everyone can contribute to safety and security by knowing where
pipelines are in their communities, how to recognize unauthorized
activity or abnormal conditions that could be a leak and how to
respond in the case of a pipeline accident.
Everyone should also be aware of his or her state’s system
for contacting the local one-call center. Anyone using mechanized
digging equipment—whether it is building a fence, digging
drainage ditches, adding an addition to a house or building a new
facility— is responsible for contacting the state’s
one-call system to ensure that underground utilities are not hit
during excavation activities.
So how can you learn more about the role you play in pipeline operations?
Visit the Pipelines and You
section to learn more information from our site, or click on the
Dig Safely or Common Ground Alliance logos below. Both organizations
are dedicated to educating the public about preventing damage of
underground utilities, including pipelines.