Oil & Gas 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 U.S. oil and gas pipeline network is estimated to be 2.6 million miles in length, delivering 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.

Explore our site’s various articles about oil and gas pipeline issues below, listed in descending order by date.

The Falcon Public EIA Project

In the summer of 2018, FracTracker released a detailed environmental impact assessment (EIA), including digital maps, of the Falcon Ethane Pipeline

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Updated National Energy and Petrochemical Map

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We first released this map in February of 2020. In the year since, the world’s energy systems have experienced record changes. Explore the interactive map, updated by FracTracker Alliance in April, 2021.

Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania Fracking Story Map

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FracTracker’s aerial survey of unconventional oil & gas infrastructure and activities in northeast PA to southern OH and central WV
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Impacts of 2020 Colonial Pipeline Rupture Continue to Grow

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In August 2020, the Colonial Pipeline ruptured, spilling an estimated 1.2 million gallons of gasoline—18 times more than originally reported.

Mapping Gathering Lines in Bradford County, Pennsylvania

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FracTracker mapped gathering lines in Bradford County, PA. Public data on gathering lines are incomplete, leaving us to fill in the gaps.

2021 Pipeline Incidents Update: Safety Record Not Improving

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The map below shows 6,950 total incidents since 2010, translating to 1.7 incidents per day. Pipelines are dangerous, in part because regulation around them is ineffective.

Risky Byhalia Connection Pipeline Threatens Tennessee & Mississippi Health, Water Supply

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The proposed Byhalia Connection pipeline project is situated in a particularly problematic intersection where environmental justice, hydrology, geology, and risks to human and environmental health intersect.

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