Source: BTS.
Oil and Gas Pipelines Mileage in the United States, 1960-2015
Most of the American oil refineries are located nearby port areas as coastal cities are large consumption markets. Since the 1960s domestic oil production was declining and oil imports were increasing, which reinforced the locational relevance of coastal refineries. As such, the length of domestic oil pipelines did not change much, even as national consumption increased. Since 2005, a strong growth in domestic shale gas production placed pressures for the development of additional gas pipelines. This expansion has led to a substantial increase in the length of gas pipelines with the reconversion of existing oil pipelines, adding additional pipelines along an existing line and expanding the network to service new areas and markets. Such developments match the ongoing transition of global energy systems from liquid energy sources such as petroleum to gas energy sources such as natural gas.