For the Community

Your Role in Pipeline Placement and Safety...  knowledge provides the power to protect your rights and safety.

Being engaged and participating in pipeline placement and safety requires a collective community.  Individuals, community and elected officials, working in concert, facilitate an overall informed community better able to participate in the process from siting to post construction.

Community involvement with your local government, and especially with local first responders, before pipeline issues come into play is always the best philosophy in creating safe communities.  If you live with an existing pipeline ROW on your land, keeping in touch with the operator is a good way to open communications and ensure you are one of the first to know if a maintenance, upgrade or new project is on the horizon.

Regardless of your position on Marcellus Shale Drilling or alternative energy, gas pipelines have been transporting fuel across the country for decades.  Existing & permitted Marcellus wells will need pipeline to transport Marcellus Gas; often to export facilities for overseas markets offering higher profit margins to  US exporters than profits realized in domestic markets.  Since existing pipeline infrastructure is at 100% capacity, existing and new wells will require new pipelines.  The Nature Conservancy estimates 60,000 new wells will be drilled in Pennsylvania by 2030, requiring 25,000 additional miles of pipelines and resulting in a statewide web over 85,000 miles of pipeline within 46,055 square miles.  

Further, much of the nation’s pipeline existing infrastructure is aging.  Here in Pennsylvania, the existing pipeline infrastructure is one of the nation’s oldest systems, threatening public and environmental safety.  Safety concerns in replacing aging infrastructure can be considered as a holistic approach in pipeline siting.

Our suggestion: be informed - be proactive.

Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) - A resource list of NGOs who are always working on pipeline safety and siting.

Pipeline Safety Connects Us All - PHMSA’s website provides a pie chart puzzle depicting “How You Can Impact Pipeline Safety”.

Chester County Pipeline Information Center - Chester County, PA website helping to provide a better understanding of pipelines and their regulation.