Aerial Patrol

Aerial inspections are necessary for the safe operations of Colonial Pipeline and help to ensure public safety. The federal government requires that easements be inspected 26 times a year. Colonial inspects its lines weekly, weather permitting.


Aerial patrol is the only practical method of inspecting thousands of miles of right of way. Aerial surveillance allows contracted pilots to effectively inspect the pipeline rights of way and adjacent surface conditions.


Aerial inspection of the easements, however, can succeed only if the surface of the rights of way can be observed from the air. Trees and large shrubs, which obstruct the pilot's vision, can prevent effective inspection of the rights of way. Tree roots also pose a danger to the coatings that protect pipelines from corrosion, and trees can hinder repair crew access to the pipelines. For these reasons, it is essential that Colonial regularly clear its rights of way corridors.

Call Before You Dig

Building a new fence or installing a swimming pool in your back yard? Is the local utility running new underground lines in your neighborhood? Be sure to call “8-1-1” before you dig near a pipeline right of way to prevent accidents and ensure safety.

Safety First

Colonial Pipeline Company is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across all of our operations. This philosophy is fundamental to the success of our business. Please visit our Safety & Environment page to learn more about our operating principles.