Pipelines in their simpliest form are a long pipe, usually underground that transport oil, gas, etc. over a long distance.
Definition of a pipeline from the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA):
All parts of the physical facility through which, crude oil, natural gas or other petroleum derivatives are moved in transportation, including pipe, valves, and other equipment attached to the pipe, compressor units, metering stations, regulator stations, delivery stations, holders, and fabricated assemblies. ("Glossary" http://www.cepa.com/glossary. 27 Feb. 2014)
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