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Office for Coastal Management, 2024: Pipeline Areas,

Item Identification

Title: Pipeline Areas
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2022-08-29

These data show the general location of pipelines within U.S. waters. The geographic footprint for each pipeline may vary and is dependent on the original source data. In the nearshore, pipelines are routinely buried below the seabed. In the offshore, they are placed directly on the seabed. A pipeline area may contain one or more physical pipelines. 30 CFR 585.301 defines a minimum 100-foot-wide right of way grant on each side of a pipeline.


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Territorial Sea

Physical Location

City: North Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1116092
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1116104
W° Bound: -166.551962
E° Bound: -64.78794
N° Bound: 70.496077
S° Bound: 17.781975

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 1116103
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2022

publish date

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121365
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1116093
Download URL:

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows, ArcGIS Pro, Azure SQL

Data Quality



Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent



Electronic Navigation Charts

CC ID: 1182796
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA Office of Coast Survey
Publish Date: 2022-04-27
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

Data was downloaded for the entire coverage available (all US waters), including the following layers: Approach_Pipeline_Area, Berthing_Pipeline_Area, Harbour_Pipeline_Area, Coastal_Pipeline_Area

Electronic Navigation Charts

CC ID: 1182797
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA Office of Coast Survey
Publish Date: 2022-05-26
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

Data was downloaded for the entire coverage available - all US waters, including the following layer: Approach_Pipeline_Submarine_on_land_line. No other ENC chart level layers included any linear pipeline features).

Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Pipelines

CC ID: 1182798
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and BSEE
Publish Date: 2022-08-04
Source Contribution:

Compilation of available oil and gas pipeline data maintained by BSEE. Pipelines used to transport and monitor oil and/or gas from wells within the outer continental shelf to resource collection locations. Currently pipelines managed by BSEE are only in Gulf of Mexico and southern California waters.

Wastewater Outfall Pipes

CC ID: 1182799
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Publish Date: 2022-08-08
Citation URL:

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1182800

1) Acquire source data by URL

2) Ingest to ArcGIS Pro and PROJECT to WKID 102008

3) Select and eliminate overlapping features

4) For polyline features, BUFFER with a distance of 100 feet, side type full, end type flat, and method geodesic

5) MERGE all polygon feature classes

6) PROJECT to NAD83 GRS 80

7) MERGE all polygon features

8) Removed background - donut hole polygons generally less than 200 square meters

9) Removed sliver polygons generally less than 10 meters in width

10) Removed outlier vertex elements

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Pipeline Area

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 66170
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:66170
Metadata Record Created By: Brianna Key
Metadata Record Created: 2021-12-22 04:47+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-12-22
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-12-22
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-12-22