Pipelines are the safest, most efficient method of transporting natural resources, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. There are over two million miles of active pipelines across the country, all carefully regulated by state and federal safety standards to provide critical infrastructure for energy development. Energy Transfer has a long-standing commitment to safely constructing and operating pipelines. For the past five years, we have had an OSHA-recordable safety record, ranking our company among the safest of large midstream companies.
America is the currently the third-largest crude oil producer in the world; however, we are the number one consumer of crude oil. Our country has the natural resources to close the gap between the energy resources we produce and consume by creating new infrastructure to expand crude oil development. In recent years, increased production in the North Dakota Bakken has increased the shipment of oil via rail and truck, leaving less transportation available for agriculture in the region. A reliable transportation network will allow more crude oil from the Bakken to reach U.S. markets safely and efficiently, while alleviating the transportation shortages for agriculture and other industries.