AOPL-API Report Finds Pipeline System Growing

During the past five years U.S. crude oil pipeline mileage has grown by 22% for an increase of 12,000 miles – or to think of it another way, about the distance covered in two round-trips between Seattle, WA and Tampa, FL.

“In the time the Keystone XL pipeline was under review, we built the equivalent length of 12 Keystone XL pipelines across the United States,” Andrew Black, Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) president and CEO, said recently.

Black was commenting on a joint report from AOPL and the American Petroleum Institute (API) that found, among other things, liquid pipelines stretched across 199,243 miles of the United States at the end of 2014, based on information submitted by operators to PHMSA as recently as October.

That represented a 3.5% increase over 2013 as crude pipeline mileage increased 5,000 miles, a 9.1% increase over the previous year.

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