As the U.S. and the world fight to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus, working from home is quickly becoming the new normal, and our energy pipelines are at the forefront of making that possible and helping us to get through this crisis.
Let’s look at four ways pipelines keep your workflow going strong.
- Much of the energy that’s used daily in U.S. homes, hospitals, factories, and other businesses comes from the oil and gas that flows through nearly 2 million miles of energy pipelines crisscrossing our country.
- Pipelines safely transport vital energy products every minute of every day through ice storms, tornadoes, floods, and, as we’re seeing today, a global pandemic. That energy fuels the systems we need to work from home – from the computers and cell phones we use to do our work to the TVs and video game systems that keep our families entertained.
- Pipelines rely on operators working in high-tech control rooms 24/7 to keep an eye on how the product is flowing through the pipelines. Using technologically sophisticated tools, these highly qualified technicians monitor the flow and pressure of pipelines for any abnormal conditions, which could signal a potential failure. These professionals are ready to act if they detect a leak or other significant safety issue, even having the authority to shut off the flow.
- Most devices we use for our work and social interactions are primarily plastic, which comes from the liquids and natural gas products delivered to chemical processing facilities by energy pipelines.
Pipeline companies earn public trust by delivering products safely and reliably so they’re available when we need them. To keep up to date on how the pipeline industry is helping us weather the current crisis, check our blog.