Pipelines in South Dakota
Pipelines are a critical energy lifeline in South Dakota and the United States. The role pipelines play are essential in everyone’s daily life and to the nations industries. Pipelines deliver products such as crude oil, natural gas, and refined petroleum products (gasoline, jet fuel, home heating oil) that are integral part to America’s economy.
Approximately 6500 miles of pipelines cross South Dakota. These pipelines safely transport natural gas, crude, and other energy products to homes and businesses each day. Pipeline infrastructure plays a critical role in South Dakota, transporting products to other parts of the country and contributing to South Dakota’s community tax base. Rising oil and natural gas production in both the United States and Canada is outpacing the transportation capacity of our pipeline infrastructure. When pipeline construction is completed, companies are responsible for returning the land to as close as possible to the original condition prior to construction.
Countless hours are spent by pipeline companies inspecting, maintaining and keeping pipelines safe for our communities in South Dakota. Pipeline companies invest in heavily in employee training and work diligently to prevent corrosion and mechanical and human error. The South Dakota Pipeline Association promotes pipeline safety and jointly communicates to local communities in order to achieve the highest levels of safety and emergency preparedness.
Pipelines in the United States
The U.S. natural gas pipeline network is a highly integrated transmission and distribution grid that can transport natural gas to and from nearly any location in the lower 48 States. The natural gas pipeline grid comprises:
- More than 210 natural gas pipeline systems.
- 305,000 miles of interstate and intrastate transmission pipelines.
- More than 1,400 compressor stations that maintain pressure on the natural gas pipeline network and assure continuous forward movement of supplies.
- More than 11,000 delivery points, 5,000 receipt points, and 1,400 interconnection points that provide for the transfer of natural gas throughout the United States.
- 24 hubs or market centers that provide additional interconnections.
- 400 underground natural gas storage facilities.
- 49 locations where natural gas can be imported/exported via pipelines.
- 8 LNG (liquefied natural gas) import facilities and 100 LNG peaking facilities.