Pipelines are the safest way to transport natural gas.
The transportation system for natural gas consists of a complex network of pipelines, designed to quickly and efficiently transport natural gas from its origin to where it’s needed.
There are three major types of pipelines along the transportation route: gathering pipelines, interstate pipelines and distribution pipelines. Gathering systems consist of low-pressure, small-diameter pipelines that transport raw natural gas from the wellhead to the processing plant.
Interstate pipelines are similar to the interstate highway system, carrying natural gas across state boundaries, and in some cases, across the country. Conversely, intrastate pipelines are located within the borders of one state. This distinction determines which agency will oversee the regulation of a particular pipeline.