Buckeye Partners | Pipeline Awareness

Pipeline Purpose and Reliability

Petroleum pipelines were first introduced in the United States in 1865. As a result of the industrial development and population growth in this country, the demand for petroleum has increased substantially, as have the number of pipelines. Along with this growth came dramatic improvements in the technology used to manufacture, install, monitor, and maintain petroleum pipelines.

Today, our national economy depends on the vast amount of petroleum transported through these pipelines. Without question, pipelines are the safest, most economical mode of petroleum transportation. Satisfying consumer needs is accomplished with approximately 200,000 miles of interstate pipelines that criss-cross the country and transport over 12.9 billion barrels (542 billion gallons) annually.

Pipelines transport crude oil to refineries for processing into the products we use every day. From there, pipelines transport these products through an enormous pipeline infrastructure providing fuel for our cars, trucks, planes, and ships.

Pipelines were typically installed in rural areas located within rights of way or easements.  As a result of industrial, commercial, and residential growth, pipeline rights of way are continually subjected to construction activity. This activity can greatly restrict access to the pipelines for inspection and/or maintenance and is the leading cause of damage to pipelines.

Buckeye's highest priority is public safety and protecting the environment. We utilize state-of-the-art computer technology to monitor and control pipeline operations. In compliance with federal and state regulations, Buckeye performs aggressive right-of-way monitoring and preventative pipeline maintenance to ensure the safe and reliable supply of petroleum products to you and your neighbors.