Ten Awesome Facts About Pipeline


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1. The United States has more than 190,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipeline network and 2.4 million miles of natural gas pipeline.

Source: What do you know about pipelines?, Pipeline 101

2. According to data pulled from annual reports by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in the United States there are: 175,000 miles of onshore and offshore Hazardous Liquid pipeline; 321,000 miles of onshore and offshore Gas Transmission and Gathering pipelines; 2,066,000 miles of Natural Gas Distribution mains and service pipelines; and 114 active LNG Plants connected to our natural gas transmission and distribution systems.

Source: Facts & Stats, Pipeline Safety Awareness

3. The first commercial oil well was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859 by a former railroad conductor named Edwin Drake.

Source: 1800s, Pipeline 101

4. State pipeline safety personnel make up more than 75% of the state and federal inspection workforce.

Source: About NASPR, National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives

5. Cast and wrought iron pipelines are among the oldest energy pipelines constructed in the United States. Many of these pipelines were installed over 60 years ago and still deliver natural gas to homes and businesses today.

Source: Background, Pipeline Replacement Updates

6. Natural gas provides for nearly 25% of our country’s total energy consumption, and petroleum provides for nearly 40%.

Source: Pipeline Basics, U.S. Department of Transportation

7. In aggregate, oil production in North America has grown from 7.5 million barrels per day in 2008 to 11.0 million barrels per day in 2013, an increase of over 45% in a five year period.

Source: Understanding Crude Oil and Product Markets, American Petroleum Institute

8. Crude oils—oil in its rawest form - vary in color, from clear to tar-black, and in viscosity, from water to almost solid.

Source: How Oil Refining Works, How Stuff Works

9. Here’s an incredibly short list of items that are made with petroleum: plastic ties, food preservatives, ballet tights, beads, shoelaces, plastic hangers, umbrellas, ink for your pens, name tags, binders, erasers, scotch tape, puzzles, footballs, backpacks, stuffed animals, aspirin...

Source: Things Made from Oil That We Use Daily, PBS

10. In 1913 Thomas Williams became intrigued when his sister mixed Vaseline with a darkening agent. Soon after he started selling “Lash-Brow-Ine.” He later renamed his product Maybelline.

Source: Products Made from Petroleum, Earth Science Week


Erin Skoog
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