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Pipeline FAQs

What is natural gas and where does it come from?

Natural gas is a naturally occurring mixture of hydrocarbons and non-hydrocarbon gasses found in porous underground rock. Natural gas deposits are formed when gas becomes trapped underground by other solid rocks that the gas cannot pass through. The primary component of natural gas is methane.

For more information, the Natural Gas Supply Association provides a comprehensive resource website.

Is using natural gas safe?

Regency works with federal, state and local officials, as well as public safety agencies, to ensure our pipelines deliver gas safely and reliably. For more information on pipeline safety, visit www.call811.com.

How does the midstream natural gas process work?

More information about the midstream process can be found on our Industry Overview page.

In addition, the Natural Gas Supply Association provides a comprehensive resource website.

What does wellhead-to-market mean?

Generally, natural gas must be gathered and transported from the point of extraction (wellhead) to end users (market). Companies that provide wellhead-to-market services, like Regency, provide ways for producers to gather natural gas at the wellhead and provide the necessary services, including natural gas processing, compression, treating and transportation, to deliver natural gas to the end markets.

More information about the midstream process can be found on our Industry Overview page.

Do you provide natural gas for the home?

No. Regency’s operations are focused on providing services for natural gas producers. Listings for retail natural gas providers can be found through each state’s public utilities commission.

How do I know if a pipeline is near me?

Since pipelines are buried underground, line markers are used to indicate their approximate location. The markers display the material transported in the line, the name of the pipeline operator, and a telephone number where the operator can be reached in the event of an emergency. Images of common pipeline markers, a map of U.S. pipeline systems and more information can be found on The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s website.

Before digging, always call 811 to determine pipeline locations near you.

What are the signs of a gas leak?

Gas leaks may be detected by sight, sound and smell along a pipeline right of way:

  • Sight: a pool of liquid on the ground; a white cloud or fog; or discolored vegetation
  • Sound: hissing or roaring
  • Smell: Unusual odor or scent of petroleum

If you suspect a pipeline leak, leave the area immediately, and, once a safe distance away, call 911

Can you provide me with the one-call number for my state?

One-call numbers for every state may be found on the 811 information website.

Where can I find more information about outlook for the oil and gas industry?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers serveral resources on its website.

Helpful Links 

American Petroleum Institute - www.api.org

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - www.ferc.gov

Natural Gas Supply Association - www.naturalgas.org

National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships - www.naptp.org

U.S. Energy Information Administration - www.eia.gov


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