Trends in Oil and Gas Pipeline Siting and the Need for Additional Engineering and Scientific Analysis Early in the Design Phase

As the demand for oil and gas infrastructure continues throughout the United States, transmission infrastructure such as pipelines continues to be a crucial part of the equation. With the recent trend of heightened opposition to pipeline transmission development, there have become additional risks, whether actual or perceived, that require additional engineering and analysis during the siting process. This paper will discuss such risks, design considerations, and case studies (where applicable) related to: groundwater; geology and pipeline routing in karst areas; obstacles encountered during horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and the need for geotechnical analysis; Executive Order 13690 on floodplains; and potential for future pipe exposure and fluvial geomorphological studies, among other environmental and cultural resource siting considerations. Although this paper focuses on oil and gas pipeline infrastructure projects, the same approach can be utilized for various other linear infrastructure projects.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 778-793
  • Monograph Title: Pipelines 2016: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Not Out of Risk

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01608437
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479957
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 15 2016 3:03PM