Pipelines
North America consists of a vast network of inter- and intrastate pipelines that transport products ranging from water, to hazardous liquids, to raw materials. The US O&G pipeline network is an estimated 2.6 million miles long, transporting trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, and hundreds of billions of tons of liquid petroleum products each year. The infrastructure’s main environmental health and safety risks include land use and forest fragmentation, compressor station emissions, erosion and sedimentation, spills and leaks, and explosions. These photos illustrate oil and natural gas pipeline infrastructure in various locations around the US.
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