“For public hearing for proposed gas pipelines in general, gas companies submitting an affidavit that proper notice had been given to the lawful owners of all the structures intended for human occupancy within 100 feet of the proposed pipeline.”
Why hundred feet only? Is this matching with full fledge explosion radius? Why not one mile radius minimum and local news paper needed to be informed for such a critical safety issue and public awareness?
If there is no public in Public hearing they are wasting time and money and loosing great opportunity of making public aware of how pipeline works. They should also publish after meeting notes about who were present and there should be minimum % of stakholder required to be present for validity of the public hearing. They should invite fire fighters too! And Press!
Typically the 100 ft distance is the minimum required by federal and state laws. The purpopse isnt usually related to blast radius but that distance is used due to possible property line issues. I agree with you that they need to get the word out a lot better but until the laws change companies are not going to expend any more effort than they have to. On another note typically fire departments that have a pipeline going through there area of coverage are notified by the utilit/oil company. They are also required to file there emergency response plans. These plans are required to be filed with the local fire department and the LPEC (local planning emergency commitee) I agree with what you are proposing Im just trying to give you some possible insight as to what is currently required.