Welcome to Pipeline 101!

Pipelines make almost every daily activity possible by delivering products like gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil and natural gas.

Why do we need pipelines?

Few people are aware of the critical work done by millions of miles of liquid and natural gas pipelines in the U.S. to deliver these products safely and reliably to American homes and businesses. We can get where we need to go by car, by bus or by plane because pipelines deliver the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that make fueling up quick, convenient and affordable – at the gas station, bus depot or airport. The shelves of our local stores are lined with healthy food and affordable goods that are able to be grown or made because of raw materials delivered by pipeline.

And our nation is secure because pipelines supply stable, domestically-produced energy that is essential in everyday life and for the industries that drive our economy.


From the early days of wooden trenches and wooden barrels, the pipeline industry has grown and employed the latest technology in pipeline operations and maintenance. Today, the industry uses sophisticated controls and computer systems, advanced pipe materials, and corrosion prevention techniques.

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Why Pipeline 101?

“Pipeline 101” seeks to be your introductory resource for energy pipeline information. We invite you to learn about the history of pipelines, how pipelines work, where pipelines are located, why we need pipelines and more. The information in Pipeline 101 has been compiled from industry, government, research experts and published materials.