Choosing a Pipeline Route Means Balancing Many Factors

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Many factors go into the route a pipeline will travel. Listening to stakeholders, understanding issues, and balancing all of the factors is part of the selection process.

Planners consider:

  • destination and length of pipeline
  • construction issues
  • terrain and soil conditions
  • sensitive environmental features
  • densely populated areas
  • existing infrastructure to parallel or avoid
  • stakeholder concerns and preferences

Pipeline Operators Want to Be a Trusted Neighbor

Good landowner relations are important to pipeline operators. That means treating landowners with honesty, respect and fairness. Pipeline operators want to listen to local landowners, work with them on a project and take the time to answer all questions.

Operators work with landowners to:

  • establish and maintain open communications
  • keep landowners regularly informed of the project status
  • negotiate in good faith and pay fair value for the land rights needed for the pipeline project
  • address specific landowner issues relating to fences, wells, equipment, crops and livestock
  • return landowner property to previous productivity level
  • construct and operate the pipeline in a safe way