Do You Live Near a
Pipelines exist almost everywhere throughout the U.S. and chances
are you may live near or drive past one every day. Although pipelines
are generally buried underground, there are several ways you can
see if there is a pipeline in your neighborhood.
are marked by above ground signs to provide an indication of their
presence, location, product carried and the name and contact information
of the company that operates the pipeline.
The signs are generally yellow, black and red in color.
The primary function of these above ground markers is to identify
the location of the pipeline generally as an alert to those who
might be working along the pipeline corridor for another utility
or during the construction of homes or businesses nearby.
are located in areas called a right-of-way (ROW) and these ROW’s
are often recognizable as corridors that are clear of trees, buildings
or other structures except for the pipeline markers. Another thing
you might see out walking in your neighborhood or driving along
the road is a fenced and secured area with some aboveground piping.
These secured areas often house access to valves along the pipeline
system. These valves are controlled remotely to stop the flow of
products in a pipeline.