Responsible Land Use Planning

A nationwide pipeline system transports natural gas and hazardous liquids.  
The development of the Marcellus Shale in the Northeast United States is presenting land use planning challenges in watersheds, state forests, agriculture, rural, suburban and urban locations throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

The existing pipeline infrastructure of the nation was often constructed in once sparsely populated rural areas. The spread of population, sprawl, converted rural areas to densely populated areas, causing landowners and pipelines to be closely located (See HCA)

Sprawl spurs the need for even more transmission & distribution pipelines as does the development of Marcellus Shale.  In a 2010 Nature Conservancy Study estimates for 60,000 new wells to be drilled in Pennsylvania by 2030 would require an additional 25,000 miles of pipelines to Pennsylvania’s existing 61,037 miles of pipeline.

PA Pipeline Mileage Overview

Pipeline System                      
Mileage
Hazardous liquid line
2,901
Gas transmission line
10,081
Gas Gathering line
551
Gas distribution
47,504
Total Pipeline
61,037


Table extracted from: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/reports/safety/PA_detail1.html | Report generated on: 07/02/13