According to Hart Data and Map- ping Services, the United States
has over 700,000 miles of crude oil
and natural gas pipelines—about
100,000 miles of crude onshore
pipelines and over 600,000 miles of
onshore gas pipelines. This number
stands to greatly increase as drilling
in the various shale plays across the
continent occurs. These seemingly
endless strings of pipe have one thing
in common: They all contain large
numbers of valves optimized for
pipeline operating conditions.
This nation is crisscrossed by hundreds of
thousands of miles of crucial pipelines that
transport vital feedstock from sources to the
places where it’s transformed into fuel and
products. For the valve industry, that translates
into millions of dollars of business.
BY GREG JOHNSON
WHAT’S IN A PIPELINE?