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The EIA mapping system zoomed out. User is able to zoom in on any part of the U.S. to analyze the energy infrastructure. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Energy infrastructure can be dangerous in extreme weather, be prepared

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media

Extreme weather such as hurricanes, flooding, and severe thunder storms are notorious for causing millions of dollars in property damage every year. When that property is oil and gas infrastructure, safety hazards can go from bad to worse. Broken pipelines can cause grave issues for the surrounding environment and compromised electrical networks add danger to an already bleak scenario.

To help educate folks about what potential energy threats exist around them, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has created a detailed, interactive U.S. Energy Mapping System that depicts all significant energy infrastructure of any given area in the United States. This includes local refineries and oil wells.  A stunning example exists in the detail of pipeline networks across Louisiana.

The Maps do not contain up-to-date weather radar nor do they track weather patterns. Nonetheless the map system by the EIA can be an essential tool to further prepare oneself for natural disasters.

Check out an extensive article on the U.S. Energy Mapping System that appeared recently in the  Huffington Post by Bobby Magill, “U.S. Energy Mapping System Shows Infrastructure In Extreme Weather’s Path”.

Link to the mapping system

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