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Map: Energy, Environment, and Policy in the United States

Click the static map to access the interactive map platform.

 

About the Map

The “Energy, Environment, and Policy in the U.S.” map is developed by Ken Medlock and Elsie Hung at the Center for Energy Studies as an online, interactive tool to visualize and highlight the geospatial nexus of energy, environment, policy, and society in the United States. The map displays the nation’s critical energy infrastructure, environmental points of interest, and relevant election and demographics statistics at different levels of granularity. Users can select each layer to hide/display and explore the facility level details with clickable tooltips.

We hope to stimulate and facilitate pertinent discussions and research with this interactive tool. More importantly, it allows the users to effectively navigate key energy and environmental issues with a clear and complete picture of the nation’s infrastructure and demography.

The map will be updated regularly to incorporate additional, relevant layers and reflect the most recent data available. Please share feedback and suggestions you might have. Contact the authors at elsie.hung@rice.edu.


Layers and Data Sources

Two map layer sections are displayed on the right-side bar of the map:

  • Infrastructure and Points of Interest contains critical energy infrastructure and facilities of environmental importance, and
  • Census Data and Raster Layers include complex raster layers such as NASA Earth At Night and select Census demographic data at congressional district and county levels.

Layer name

Geometry

Description

Data Period

Update Date

Data Sources

Infrastructure and Points of Interest

Crude Oil Pipelines

Line

Crude oil pipelines with status, operator, type (interstate/intrastate), and capacity details

2021

11/1/2021

Petroleum Economist

Refined Product Pipelines

Line

Refined product pipelines with status, operator, type (interstate/intrastate), and capacity details

2021

11/1/2021

Petroleum Economist

Natural Gas Pipelines

Line

Natural gas pipelines with status, operator, type (interstate/intrastate), and capacity details

2021

11/1/2021

Petroleum Economist

Petroleum Refineries

Point

Existing petroleum and petrochemical refineries with operator, plant type, and capacity details

2020

11/1/2021

EIA and Petroleum Economist

Gas Processing Plants

Point

Gas processing plants with status, operator, plant type, and capacity details

2021

11/1/2021

Petroleum Economist

LNG Facilities

Point

LNG facilities of all status with operator and gas origin details

2021

11/1/2021

Petroleum Economist

Coal Mines

Point

Existing coal mines

2021

11/1/2021

EIA

Hydrogen Facilities

Point

Hydrogen facilities with status, operator, type/color, and technology details

2021

11/1/2021

Petroleum Economist

Power Plants - All and By Fuel

Point

Existing power plants with operator, fuel type, and capacity details. Fuel type is categorized by color, and the size of the bubble indicates the power plant nameplate capacity.

2021

11/1/2021

EIA

Electric Transmission Lines

Line

Electric Transmission Lines with status, operator, type, and voltage class details

2021

11/1/2021

EIA

Direct Emitters 2019

Point

Facilities that are considered large greenhouse gas emission sources by EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The layer includes NAICS industry category and 2019 direct emissions details. The size of the bubbles indicates the scale of GHG emissions by each facility in 2019.

2019

11/1/2021

EPA

Superfund Sites

Point

Contaminated sites governed and funded by the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). The layer includes the site status details.

2021

11/1/2021

EPA

Census Data and Raster Layers

Earth at Night

Raster

Satellite images of the earth at night captured by NASA

2016

11/1/2021

NASA Earth Observatory

Active Oil and Gas Wells

Raster

Rasterized points of active oil and gas wells

2020

11/1/2021

Enverus (DrillingInfo)

2020 House Election Results

Polygon

Winning parties by Congressional District during the 2020 House election.

2020

11/1/2021

MIT Election Data Science Lab

2019 Median Household Income by Congressional District

Polygon

Median household income by 116th Congressional District in 2019 by Census American Community Survey. Data is classified into five steps using natural breaks (Jenks) method.

2019

11/1/2021

Census American Community Survey

2019 Median Household Income by County

Polygon

Median household income by county in 2019 by Census American Community Survey. Data is classified into five steps using natural breaks (Jenks) method.

2019

11/1/2021

Census American Community Survey

2019 Unemployment Rate by County

Polygon

Unemployment rate in percentage by county in 2019 by Census American Community Survey. Data is classified into five steps using natural breaks (Jenks) method.

2019

11/1/2021

Census American Community Survey

2019 % of Employment in Upstream Fossil Fuel Industry by County

Polygon

Percentage of employment in oil and gas extraction, mining, and quarrying by county in 2019 by Census American Community Survey. Data is classified into five steps using natural breaks (Jenks) method.

2019

11/1/2021

Census American Community Survey

2019 Population Density by County

Polygon

Population density by county in number of people per square miles. Data is classified into six steps using the logarithmic scale method.

2019

11/1/2021

Census American Community Survey

 

User Interactivity

  • Checkbox layer filtering and dynamic legend display:
    • Legends only appear under the checked layers for filled maps with Census data.
  • Clickable facility-level detail tooltip.
  • Dynamic cluster display: Select point layers are displayed in dynamic clusters by zoom level. Zoom in to see all facilities