The United States is crisscrossed with over 2.3 million miles of underground pipelines that are used to transport materials such as natural gas, liquid petroleum gas, crude oil, refined products, and other hazardous materials. Pipelines are essential and vital components of our nation’s economy. Underground pipelines are not only near our schools, but they also crisscross neighborhoods and entire communities. Use the materials below to introduce your students to the underground world of the pipeline system and to instill basic pipeline safety messages that can empower them to stay safe in a potential pipeline emergency.
- Identify pipelines near their home and school. Refer to “Find Pipelines Near Your School“
- Recognize a potential pipeline problem. Refer to “Leak Recognition & Response Guidance“
- Appropriately respond to a pipeline problem –including who to tell. Refer to “Leak Recognition & Response Guidance“
- Help protect pipelines near their school and home. Refer to “Protecting Pipelines & Schools”
Activities and Resources for Elementary Teachers
811 Kids Program
The “811 Kids Program” includes a seven-minute video and complimentary classroom materials to teach elementary-aged children about pipelines and how they can help protect the pipelines in and around their homes. The program is sponsored by Common Ground Alliance, Williams and the US Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Administration.
National Energy Education Development Project
The National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) is a national network of students, educators, business, government and community leaders dedicated to creating non-biased kindergarten through 12th-grade energy education curriculum. www.need.org
Energy Tomorrow, sponsored by The American Petroleum Institute (API), offers teachers and students multi-media activities, lesson plans and online games to learn about energy topics including technology and energy efficiency tips. Materials are available for K-12.