After all, the least expensive, most convenient, safest and most popular method of transporting oil and gas around the world, both on land and short distances undersea, is through a network of pipelines. In the U.S. there are more than 200,000 miles of pipeline operated by various pipeline companies – the largest network of oil and natural gas pipeline in the world.
The record of environmental concern has become more clean through the years and the increase in technology. Right now, TAPS has four (4) oil leak detection systems, providing detection and location of spills. 221 designated containment sites. Field drills are conducted to evaluate preparedness and reaction time to an oil spill, and there are oil spill response crews available 24 hours a day.
The area revegetated through 2013 amounts to nearly 8,235 acres. And since TAPS safety and production techniques have improved vastly over its lifetime, the natural gas pipeline will be in good shape to follow that example of dedication and prevention.