Pipeline 101: Permitting and Approval

The third installment of our Pipeline 101 series highlights the extensive permitting and approval process. After proposing and routing the project, pipeline developers must acquire hundreds of individual permits, certifications, and approvals from local, state, and federal government agencies. These permits cover a broad range of issues, from roadways, to wildlife habitats, water body crossings. Regulators also examine potential effects on nearby water sources and soil quality.

In every area of construction, pipelines are designed to minimize their impact on the environment and surrounding communities. Energy companies have often even opted towards upgrading existing pipelines as opposed to constructing entirely new ones. Repurposing and upgrading pipelines saves time, money, and utilizes the infrastructure already in the ground. Trained professionals conduct numerous surveys for cultural resources and environmental issues. This vetting, routing, and approval process is essential for all modern pipelines, because it ensures the project meets or exceeds all safety requirements. To learn more about the permitting and approval process, watch the short clip below.

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