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Pipeline and Gas Distribution  / Mainline Pipeline

Mainline pipelines transport petroleum products throughout North America. Estimates are there are more than 3 million miles of pipelines crisscrossing the U.S. and Canada. These pipelines safely deliver billions of cubic feet of gas and billions of tons of oil every year. Estimates are that without these pipelines, it would take a constant line of 750 tanker trucks loading and unloading every two minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to move what even a small pipeline delivers in a year. These lines deliver product safely over long distances to refineries for further processing. New lines are being planned and built by contractors and owners every day, and the UA’s pipeline locals have built, repaired and replaced these mainline pipelines for many decades. These skilled tradespeople work under agreements negotiated between the UA and its contractors, alongside a handful of other unions (Teamsters, Laborers and Operating Engineers). This work includes transmission lines as well as pumping and compressor stations.

Thanks to the commitment of the UA and our contractors to protect the environment along the right-of-way of these pipelines, most of our citizens are unaware of the vast system beneath their feet. As more of our abundant natural gas resources are developed in the United States, along with development of the vast oil sand resources in Canada, the need for additional mainline pipelines is only going to increase.

 

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