What Information Appears on an Oil Pipelines Map?


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The information on oil pipeline maps includes the locations of gas transmission pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, liquefied natural gas plants, breakout tanks and populated areas. The United States has the largest network of oil pipelines in the world, with more than 2.5 million miles of pipe. Approximately 55,000 of these miles of pipeline are reserved for crude oil lines that connect to regional markets all over the country.

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Information on oil pipeline maps is used primarily for safety purposes. Excavation and construction crews as well as railroad personnel need to be aware of the pipeline locations at all times. Population information is provided on the maps to not only show where a large, metropolitan network of pipelines exists, but also for crews to be aware of the locations of people in the event of an emergency requiring evacuation.

Additional information on oil pipeline maps include railroads, airports, shaded relief, boundary lines and boundary names. Oil pipeline maps do not show residential oil or gas line systems, but they do show the systems below public streets that eventually connect to homes.

Oil pipelines are most abundant in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois and least abundant in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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