Large portions of our nation’s energy infrastructure historically were located within rural or sparsely populated areas. As communities have grown to develop suburbs with shopping centers, subdivisions and business parks – so has the need for increased pipeline infrastructure expansion and upgrades to continue to meet demands and maintain the existing system. Increasingly, energy infrastructure and stakeholders are engaging each other in these shared spaces across the country.
In order to protect the public and make informed land-use decisions, the Pipeline and Informed Planning Alliance was created as a collaborative effort by federal safety regulators and diverse organizations to develop best practices concerning development around pipeline infrastructure. Those recommendations can be found here.
Safety regulations also require companies to have public awareness programs to keep communities, first responders, public officials and those who live and work near pipeline infrastructure informed.