Due to the negative perception of Oil and gas companies in recent years, there has been a need for the government to show that pipelines are as safe and reliable as they have always been. In an effort to do this, the government is enacting new regulations that are designed to show that oil and gas companies are being proactive (Instead of reactive) when it comes to hazard and risk mitigation and public safety.
To this end, energy companies are going to be required to keep better track of the activities, land use, and land cover that occur adjacent to their pipelines. As well as show how these activities change over time. Then, armed with this information, oil and gas companies can show how they mitigate these risks and hazards associated; ensuring that when the public is near their pipelines they feel safe and secure.