5 Ways Pipeline Companies are Reducing Environmental Impacts
We use resources like water, natural gas, and petroleum every single day. These resources are readily available at our fingertips whenever we need them. How are they transported from their natural source to us so quickly and efficiently? Installed pipelines, either underground or above ground, transport natural resources at an effective rate to provide assets that we might not otherwise have access to. These structures keep up with the reality of a fast paced environment.
Pipelines are networks of pipes that transport various resources from one area to another. Pipes tend to be made of metal which are welded together to create one long pipe. These pipelines are vital to the interworking American economy. According to the Global Energy Institute, the United States “has over 2.6 million miles of pipelines safely delivering natural gas and petroleum products throughout our nation.” Thanks to pipelines, millions of households are supplied with both natural gas and water daily.
Pipelines are designed based on the content and volume that they carry. A liquid petroleum pipe has different features than a natural gas pipe due to their varying chemical components. One pipeline may include more compressor stations based on the length of the route traveled. Pipelines are designed to transport resources in the most direct route possible. However, route accommodations are made to ensure human safety and environmental security.
Pipeline routes are critical to economic success for energy companies. A new report entitled “Improving Steep-Slope Pipeline Construction to Reduce Impacts to Natural Resources” explains how energy companies are working to incorporate environmental safety into the pipeline design process. Together, eight energy companies will strive to reduce the environmental impact on pipeline construction. Here are 5 ways these companies are practicing environmentally friendly phases of a large-scale pipeline project, according to their recent report:
- Performing geohazard assessments
- Optimizing extent of disturbed area
- Optimizing placement and installation of water bars
- Monitoring post-construction geohazards
- Fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and shared learning
With this report available to the public, these eight companies are modifying their construction process with account to environmental precautions. This collaboration is only the beginning for pipeline advancement in the United States.
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By: J. Auerbach
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