Maps and Mapping Resources

This page contains a number of different pipleine maps that we have gleaned from different sources on the Internet. Some of the maps show just the KXL, others show Tar Sands pipelines proposed and already functioning, while other show the vast network of all pipelines that crisscross the continent. At the bottom of the page, there is also a link to a mapping service that allows you to search for oil and gas pipelines by county in the lower-48 occupied United States. Let us know what is useful, and what other resources you would like to see!
First up, here is a map from TransCanada itself that shows pipelines in the US, and also the Keystone XL route. (Click on map to open a larger PDF version of the map)

A map by TransCanada of its Keystone XL route overlaid on other pipelines in the country.

A map by TransCanada of its Keystone XL route overlaid on all other pipelines in the country.

Next, we have some are links to maps from TransCanada to show the route of the Keystone XL pipeline, state by state.
*Alberta, Saskatchewan (Click to open a larger PDF version of the map)
*Montana (Click on map to enlarge image)
Montana KXL
*South Dakota (Click on map to enlarge image)
South Dakota KXL
*Nebraska (this map is absent from TransCanada’s website)
*Kansas (also absent from TransCanada’s website)
*Oklahoma (Click on map to enlarge image)
*Texas (Click on map to enlarge image)
Texas KXL
This map shows the KXL zoomed in on Oklahoma, showing each tribal territory it passes through. Click on image to enlarge
This next map shows 3 different tar sands pipeline routes: 1) TransCanada’s currently operational tar sands “Keystone” pipeline in solid red lines (often referred to as “Keystone 1” to distinguish it from the Keystone XL); 2) the two segments of the Keystone XL (often abbreviated as “KXL”) in dashed yellow lines, and Enbridge Corporation’s “Alberta Clipper” pipeline in dotted dark blue. The Southern section of the KXL (also know as the “Gulf Coast Project” is currently under construction. The northern section of the KXL is currently waiting on a Presidential Permit that would need to be signed by President Obama to approve the crossing of the Canada-United States border. Also important on this map is the Oglala Aquifer, which was the cause of much of the debate over the KXL in Nebraska. (Click on image to enlarge)
Keystone and Keystone XL routes with Oglalla Aquifer visible

Keystone and Keystone XL routes with Oglalla Aquifer visible

This next map shows various pipelines in operation or planned that will carry Tar Sands. (Click on image to enlarge)
This map shows various Canadian pipelines and refineries, including barrel per day (bpd) refining capacity for the refineries. (Click on map to open a larger PDF version of the map)
Canadian Pipelines and Refineries

Canadian Pipelines and Refineries

This is a map of pipelines in the United States, the image after it is a legend to help understand the different colors used for different pipelines. Clink on the link below this map to go to a webpage with more explanation for each pipeline. (Click on image to enlarge)

This map shows both the KXL and Keystone 1, as well as another proposed Tar Sands pipeline that Enbridge is pushing. Click on the link below the map to go to an article about this “Franken-pipeline.” (Click on image to enlarge)

Since 1990, over 110 million gallons of crude oil and petroleum products have spilled from pipelines across the United States. More than half of the spills occurred in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, where there are more pipelines and thus more potential for equipment failure and corrosion, two of the more prevalent causes for oil spills. (Click on image to enlarge)
Oil Spills in United States,image by New York Times

Oil Spills in United States, photo from The New York Times



The National Pipeline Mapping System is a fairly straightforward (albeit somewhat buggy at times) mapping service provided by the US Department of Transportation. You can search oil and gas pipelines by county in the United States. There is a brief and informative instructional video on their homepage that explains how to use the public map viewer, which is free of charge. Enjoy!

National Pipeline Mapping System:


The Keystone Mapping Project is a useful tool. It offers downloadable files that work with Google Earth, and many other useful tips for mapping the KXL.


One thought on “Maps and Mapping Resources

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