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Federal Issue: Mapping Pipelines & Underground Infrastructure
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Mapping Pipelines & Underground Infrastructure

Federal officials, transportation designers, telecom, and utilities and pipeline operators, as well as local government, need accurate location information to manage existing underground infrastructure and plan for future growth and development. Surveys and maps of underground utilities are often inaccurate. In many cases, they don’t even exist. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other authorities often cite the lack of location data as a factor in pipeline accidents. The inaccuracy of location data, unmarked utilities, and crowding within rights of way are major factors contributing to disruption to underground infrastructure. Digging, drilling or excavating in the vicinity of unknown, unmarked, unmapped, or incorrectly located utilities can be costly in terms of wasted excavation time, service disruption and utility downtime, environmental damage, and - worst of all - personal injury or loss of life.

MAPPS Letter to USDOT on PIPES Act Implementation (12-6-2016)

Safe Corridor Utility Distribution (2015)

MAPPS Statement to Senate Commerce Committee on PHMSA and Pipeline Safety (9-18-2015)