October 2018, Vol. 245, No. 10

Features

A Look at Government’s Role in Pipeline Safety, Maintenance

By Beth Everage, policy director, HBW Resources As existing U.S. pipeline infrastructure ages and new projects face increased public scrutiny, it’s important that measures are in place to ensure safe operations. Currently, America has 206 million miles of pipelines that deliver 16.2 billion barrels of liquid products – think crude oil, gasoline, diesel and ethane1 – and over 25 Tcf of natural gas.2 Pipelines are by far the safest way to transport crude oil and petroleum products, with cargo safely reaching its destination 99.99% of the time.3 This strong performance record, in addition to the below legal and regulatory regimes, should give Americans confidence that products transported by

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