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Does anyone know where I can get or find shapefiles for pipelines (USA location)? Preferably free as I've never done pipelines before and I'm meeting a client next week that is doing pipeline work.

How much different is pipeline from OG well location/placement etc.? I use ArcEditor 10.0.

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I am not aware of any free source of shapefiles for pipelines. PHMSA's National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) does provide a viewer but it doesn't allow data to be downloaded. NPMS data can only be viewed one county at a time which is rather hard to use. NPMS data consists of gas transmission pipelines and hazardous liquid trunklines. It does not contain gathering or distribution pipelines. See https://www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov/

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This is the sole source for pipeline data. You can be given access to the data, but it is a very involved process with heavy restrictions. I have access for emergency management purposes, but I am not even allowed to share the data files with other emergency management specialists in my office much less use it in any public maps or projects involving a third party. –  blord-castillo Aug 12 '12 at 17:51
    
This page is the application process for GIS data access: npms.phmsa.dot.gov/subapp.asp?app=data&act=data_dissem With the most important part being "operators and Federal, state, and local government officials only." –  blord-castillo Aug 12 '12 at 17:51
    
ok.. thank you all! I found a pipeline shp file... –  Zoran Aug 22 '12 at 23:55
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This data layer type is not usually freely distributed because:

  • Privately owned (utility company)
  • May not be in digital format

If you want to see a general data model, check out the ArcGIS Pipeline Data Model.

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you can also add security concerns (e.g. national security/preventing terrorist attacks on the pipelines) to the list of reasons –  user3461 Aug 10 '12 at 17:38
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+ even when purchase from a company the non-disclosure agreements (NDA) will restrict use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-disclosure_agreement –  Mapperz Aug 10 '12 at 17:38
    
Thats what I figured. If anyone of you all have done pipeline mapping previously, is it more difficult or same as doing OG wells? What does it involve that is different the wells? Thanks... Z –  Zoran Aug 10 '12 at 17:48
    
@Zoran, Please post your comment question as a new question. This will help your question get maximum exposure. –  artwork21 Aug 10 '12 at 18:21
    
The "security concern" is actually a violation of the government's own policy on releasing geographical data. If the data is available by other means, like Platts and other commercial providers, then they aren't able to restrict it. I work for an organization that might be filing a FOIA request to appeal this policy. –  Aaron Kreider Apr 8 at 19:11
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USGS may have developed a pipeline data set around 2000. http://nationalmap.gov/transport.html

There is a "transportation layer" for the entire United States which includes pipelines. I emailed a couple years ago to ask about it and they said you can get it by sending a hard drive.

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Your best bet for obtaining the most comprehensive and up to date pipeline data is a commercial resource since their income depends on the quality. Try American Energy mapping for pipelines and wells. www.americanenergymapping.com

(I am a salesperson for American Energy Mapping.)

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I was searching for pipeline data a few months back and after learning the shortcomings of most of the publicly-available data out there (which isn't much), I researched the commercially-available data quite a bit. Ultimately there were three data vendors I considered: Platts, Rextag, and MAPSearch. Each of them offers a similar service, at similar prices, and with similar terms of use.

They all offer pipeline and other energy infrastructure data (transmission, gathering, etc.), separated into geographic regions (some use states, others groups of states). The pricing was similar, they were all within 10% of each other if I remember correctly, you pay per region/state for the data. The main thing was the licensing: you can't purchase the data outright, only license it annually. If you do not renew the license, you are required to destroy all the digital data and any data derived from it. You can keep any finished paper maps/PDFs. They all had license terms like this.

They all offer sample data downloads so you can get some idea of what you're buying, as well as data dictionaries so you can see the data fields they use.

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Free shapefiles for USA "Crude Oil pipelines" and "Natural Gas Interstate and Intrastate Pipelines" are available on the EIA website:

http://www.eia.gov/state/notes-sources.cfm

Look under "Maps"

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