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The Role of Energy Pipelines in Our Society

We all have a stake in improving pipeline safety because much of the energy we use every day is delivered to our homes and businesses through an expansive network of pipelines. Get details on how the nation’s pipeline network operates.

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The Pipeline Safety Record and Environmental Record

While there is clearly room for continued improvement, as demonstrated by recent tragic incidents, pipeline safety has improved over the past twenty years. Get the facts.


The Role of Key Stakeholders

Understand how stakeholders play critical roles in ensuring the safety of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines.

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The Path Forward: The Call to Action and Other Pipeline Safety Initiatives

PHMSA is committed to improving pipeline safety and to identifying new initiatives resulting from evaluation of the ideas summarized in this section. The Pipeline Safety Act of 2011 is one of the most important pieces of legislation to affect pipeline safety in recent years. See the progress we’ve made so far.

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Pipeline Safety Guide

Programs for public awareness and participation are an important component of ensuring pipeline safety today and tomorrow. Learn how you can protect your community .

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Image Library

Access data including photos, graphs and tables to better illustrate the Pipeline Safety Update here.

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Pipeline Safety Update

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Pipelines affect each and every one of us--they deliver the resources to heat our homes and fuel our cars. Pipelines are the safest way to deliver these resources, and major failures are rare. However, over the past few years a few devastating pipeline failures have occurred. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood instructed USDOT to take a hard look at our nation’s pipeline infrastructure and report the findings to the public.

The Pipeline Safety Update provides the actions taken by USDOT, the states, communities and pipeline operators, including the passage of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011. It also includes an overview of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure, the factors that affect pipeline safety and the role of stakeholders in pipeline safety.

The Pipeline Safety Update is dynamic – it will be updated as new data arrive. It will also become a hub for updates on safety regulations, public comment opportunities and other initiatives, so be sure to bookmark this site. Updates will also be provided on Twitter using #PipelineUpdate.

Access the Table of Contents and the dynamic supplemental information on pipeline safety from the right-side menu or download a PDF of the Pipeline Safety Guide.